Personal: 1855-1936, born at Hollins.
Education: Full Graduate, Hollins Institute, 1874. Awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from Roanoke College in 1926.
Previous Employment: Taught mathematics, secretary to the superintendent, registrar, and librarian at Hollins.
After Hollins: Retired from Hollins, maintained her home on campus, in Eastnor.
- Charles Lewis Cocke originally chose Charles Henry, her brother as successor but due to his sons' premature death, Martha L. Cocke was selected as the new head of Hollins.
- Affectionately known as “Miss Matty,” her birthday continues to be celebrated each year with cake and a rendition of “Happy Birthday.”
- Miss Matty was the first woman college president in Virginia.
Cocke, Martha Louise, "Martha Louise "Miss Matty" Cocke" (1901). Hollins University Presidents. Paper 2.