Nancy Cooke de Herrera
Nancy Cooke de Herrera, 90, died Feb. 28, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Her ashes will be deposited in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Molokai, Hawaii and Piedmont, Calif.
Memorials may be made to Hui Ho’olana, PO Box 280, Kualapuu, HI 96757 or at the website, http://huiho.org/contact.php.
Mrs. Cooke de Herrera was born in Oakland, Calif., April 12, 1922, the daughter of Edward Irving Veitch and Marie Beatrice Morledge. She married Richard Alexander Cooke Jr. in 1942. They divorced in 1951. She married Luis Alberto de Herrera. He died in 1955. She married Morton Barrows Jackson in the 1960s and they divorced in 1975.
She attended Piedmont High School and Stanford University.
She and her first husband lived in Hawaii.
She founded a public relations firm in San Francisco in 1955. Selected in 1956 as the U.S. Ambassadress of Fashion, she travelled the major capitals of the world on tours organized by the United States Information Agency.
Later, at the invitation of the Kremlin, she led a delegation of San Francisco businesswomen to the USSR.
She toured the United States, lecturing on the fashions and cultures of the world.
She and her second husband lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In 1962, she visited India.
She moved to Los Angeles, where she was one of the first American students of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Transcendental Meditation.
In 1968, she studied in India’s Valley of the Saints and became an independent teacher of meditation. Among her classmates were the Beatles, who immortalized her and her son Rik in “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill.”
These were the first of 40 trips to India, a country she loved. She introduced TM around the Americas. She taught TM the rest of her life.
She was active with the Colleagues, one of Southern California’s most prominent charities. She was a major supporter of Molokai’s Hui Ho’olana educational center, where a building has been erected in her name.
She authored three books: “All You Need Is Love: An Eyewitness Account of When Spirituality Spread from the East to the West,” 2003); “Never Tango with a Stranger: Love in Peron’s Argentina,” (2008); and was writing “Around the World with Nancy Cooke,” at her death.
Survivors include three sons, Richard Alexander Cooke III, Starr Edward Cooke and Leighton Brett Cooke; one daughter, Maria Luisa de Herrera; two sisters; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.