Ralph Kent Cooke Dies, Son Of Redskins' Owner

Posted: September 12, 1995

Ralph Kent Cooke, the eldest son of Washington Redskins and Los Angeles Daily News owner Jack Kent Cooke, died yesterday in a Lexington, Ky., hospital. He was 58.

Cooke was executive vice president of Elmendorf Farm Inc., a thoroughbred horse racing and breeding farm in Lexington. He also served as an officer and director of Jack Kent Cooke Inc., Pro Football Inc., Cooke Properties Inc. and Redskin Properties.

Born in Toronto on April 29, 1937, Cooke previously worked in the broadcasting, marketing and advertising fields.

Cooke also founded Dataspeed Corp. and Intralink Inc., a motion picture marketing company, and Lamborghini Inc. He was credited with developing the revolutionary Lola race car, winning the IMSA GP championship in 1981.

Besides his father, survivors include his wife, Anita Crane Cooke; mother, Barbara Jean Carnegie Berwald; a brother, John Kent Cooke Sr.; a sister, Jacqueline Kent Cooke; a daughter, Caroline Jean MacEachern; two sons, Ralph Jr. and Phillip; and a granddaughter. Another son, Jack Kent Cooke II, died Jan. 20, 1989.

Private family memorial services were planned. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.

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