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Hartford's first pediatric surgeon: Ronald W. Cooke, M.D. (1919–2009)

      Ronald Wilbur Cooke was born in Newport, RI, in 1919. His family moved to Windsor, CT, where he spent most of his childhood. After completing secondary school, he attended Yale University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1940 and a medical degree in 1943. An early interest in caring for children first led him to a pediatric residency at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY (Fig. 1).
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      Fig. 1Dr. Ronald W. Cooke in the operating room at Hartford Hospital circa 1980.
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