March 19, 1925 ~ August 9, 2006
Albert J. Coakley, Jr.
March 19, 1925 - August 9, 2006
Albert Coakley was born in New York City, the son of Albert J. Coakley and Mae McGovern Coakley. He is survived by Ann, his dear wife of 54 years; six children: Cathy Appel (Dennis), Julie McKinney (Brooks), Liza Peters (David), Michael Coakley (Colleen), Amy Toezek (Andrzej), and Sharon Sartorius (Gus); and ten grandchildren.
Coakley graduated from All Hallows high school (New York, N.Y.) in 1942. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Manhattan College in 1948, and a Juris Doctorate from Columbia University Law School in 1951. He graduated first in class and was the valedictorian at All Hallows; first in the School of Arts and Sciences at Manhattan; and was a Law Review editor and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar at Columbia.
Coakley served in the U.S. Army from August 1943 through March 1946, serving nearly 19 months in the European theater (14th Armored Division, 7th Army, later 3rd Army). He graduated from law school in July 1951. On June 14, 1952, at the age of 27, he married Ann E. Donihee.
After graduating from law school, Coakley became an associate attorney at the firm of Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby and Wood. In March 1959, he became an assistant general counsel for North American Aviation (later knows as Rockwell International). He began the job in Columbus, Ohio but moved to Palos Verdes Estates, California in April 1961 to continue the job at the company's corporate headquarters in El Segundo, California.
In September 1967, Coakley joined the legal staff at TRW Systems, Redondo Beach, which later became part of Northrop Grumman Corporation. He became general counsel for TRW Electronics, headquartered in Westwood, California in July 1969. In October 1972, Coakley became a TRW vice president and retired from TRW in January 1983. Between 1989 and 1994, he served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.
Coakley was active in Palos Verdes civic life, including serving as chairman of the Palos Verdes Estates Planning Commission for two years and president of the foundation that raised funds to build a new swim pool complex at Palos Verdes High School, and charitable organizations including several ministries through St. John Fisher Church.
After family, home and the law, Coakley and his wife loved attending plays, musicals, dance performances and orchestral concerts.
Funeral Services for Coakley are planned for Monday, August 14 at 3 P.M. at St. John Fisher Church, Crest Rd. and Crenshaw, Rancho Palos Verdes. In lieu of flowers, donations to CARE or Doctors Without Boarders would be appreciated.
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