Notes for Richard Pattison Cooley (1921-2012) m Margaret Claire Knopf


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Richard Pattison Cooley

Richard Pattison COOLEY May 4, 1921 ~ April 10, 2012 Predeceased by beloved wives Peggy and Florence. Graduate of University of Washington and retiree of Burlington Northern Railroad. Celebration of his life, 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 11th, University House, 4400 Stone Way North, Seattle.

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May 04, 1921 - April 10, 2012

90, passed away on April 10, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. He was born on May 4, 1921 in Spokane, Washington.

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Dick Cooley

Employment History

In 1949 he joined Wells Fargo Bank and was named President and Chief Executive Officer in 1966. Mr. Cooley retired from Wells Fargo in 1982 and joined Seafirst Corporation in 1983 as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He retired as Chairman of Seafirst at the end of 1990 and served as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Seafirst Board from 1991 - April, 1994. Following his retirement from Seafirst Bank, he taught various MBA and EMBA courses on Corporate Governance at University of Washington’s Business School and Seattle University's Albers School of Business and Economics.


Richard P. Cooley received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Yale University in 1944 and served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II.

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He was an author...

Searching Through My Prayer List: A Memoir about Family, Career, and a Meaningful Retirement [Hardcover]
Richard P. Cooley (Author), Dick Cooley (Author), Ann Boreson (Author)

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About the Author
Richard P. (Dick) Cooley graduated from Yale at the conclusion of World War II. For a short time he worked in the magazine printing business in New York before taking a cut in pay and moving to San Francisco, where in 1949 he became a banker in training. Seventeen years later he was president and chief executive officer of Wells Fargo Bank. Before retiring from the banking business he was chairman, chief executive officer, and president of Seattle-based Seafirst, where he negotiated the sale of the embattled bank to Bank of America. Along his path he served as a director at United Airlines, United Way, PG&E, PACCAR, RAND Corporation, Caltech, and numerous civic institutions. His interest in a productive retirement led him to education, where he instructed EMBA classes at the University of Washington s Foster School of Business, and later at the Albers School of Business at Seattle University. Ann Boreson was born into a story-telling family that included a pioneer children s show icon, Stan Boreson, as well as the best-known dog in Seattle, No Mo Shun, the Boresons basset hound. Later in life Ann entered a writing program at the University of Washington, and in 2005 she began working with Mr. Cooley, first documenting and then assisting him with writing this memoir.