J. Negley Cooke (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1978
Born: March 12, 1908 New York City, NY
Deid: August 3, 1978 New York City, NY
J. N. "Cookie" Cooke is recognized for two major contributions to skiing. In 1938 he worked with Roland Palmedo to form the Mount Mansfield Corporation in Stowe, Vermont. Together they created the first aerial chairlift in the eastern United States. In 1946 they teamed up again to develop Mad River Glen, another historically famous area in Vermont. He was a director of the Mount Mansfield Corporation from 1938 to 1974. In 1967 he formed the New York Committee of the United States Ski Team Fund and served as its chairman. He and "Doc" DesRoches launched, the next year, the New York Ski Ball which continues as a major fund raiser for the U.S. Ski Team.
His wife, Nancy Reynolds Cooke, is also an Honored Member of the U.S. National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.