Cocke, William H. (William Horner), 1874-1938
Brigadier General William Horner Cocke (b. 1874 d. 1938) graduated from VMI in 1894, having received the Institute's highest academic award, the Jackson-Hope Medal, First Honor. After graduation he taught at Kemper Military Academy (Missouri), earned a law degree from Washington University and practiced law in St. Louis from 1899-1907. Cocke served as a U. S. Army officer in both the Spanish-American War and World War I. He was the founder and president of Southern Acid & Sulphur Company (St. Louis). He was named VMI's fourth Superintendent on October 1, 1924 and served until ill health forced his retirement on June 30, 1929. The construction of VMI's gymnasium, Cocke Hall, was made possible by Gen. Cocke's significant donation towards the cost of construction. He died on June 9, 1938.
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Scope and Contents Typescript diary written by Cadet George Scott, "The Strike, as it Actually Happened". Details the events of October 18-19, 1927. The cadets staged a walkout or "mutiny" to protest the dismissal of a classmate. Several mentions of the Honor Court role in event. As a result, Superintendent William Cocke sent a telegram to the parents of all cadets, stating "Your son and other cadets are taking part in a rebellion against authorities. Advise you to wire him to submit to authorities...