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Olivia Hooker
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Hooker addressing an audience at a Women's History Month celebration in Manhattan on March 30, 2011
BornFebruary 12, 1915(1915-02-12)
DiedNovember 21, 2018(2018-11-21) (aged 103)
EducationOhio State University[1]
Teachers College, Columbia University[2]
University of Rochester[2]
OccupationProfessor, psychologist
Years active1947–2018

Olivia J. Hooker (February 12, 1915 – November 21, 2018) was an American psychologist and professor. She was a survivor of the Tulsa race massacre. She was the first African-American woman to enter the U.S. Coast Guard in February 1945.[3][4]


She was in the Coast Guard until her unit was disbanded in mid-1946. She later became a psychologist and a professor at Fordham University.[5][6]

On November 21, 2018, Hooker died in White Plains, New York, at the age of 103.[7]


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