|Birth: ||Jun. 26, 1864|
Rhode Island, USA
|Death: ||Nov. 7, 1936, At Sea|
Obituary by Murray Cook, taken from "Seventieth Annual Reunion of the Association of the Graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, June 10th, 1939."
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Frank Atwood Cook was born in Providence, Rhode Islands, on June 26th, 1864. Of humble parentage, from the beginning of his school age he was forced to fight his way in the world. During the summer after his vacation from high school he noted on a billboard the information that applicants for West Point were desired. Without preliminary coaching, he took the examinations and passed with the highest grades of any competitor.
Upon his graduation from West Point in 1885 he was assigned as second lieutenant in the 9th Cavalry. At that time Major Lawton was engaged in the pursuit of the wily Geronimo, and the new lieutenant had the finishing touches put to his fighting education by spending two years in this campaign in Arizona, New Mexico, and the Bad Lands. Upon completion of the campaign he resigned from the service in order to marry Emma Louise Murray, of Providence, R. I., whose parents were opposed to their daughter's association with anyone connected with such a hazardous occupation as the United States Army. He was married in Providence on June 15, 1887, and shortly thereafter accepted a position in the Inspector General's Department in Washington, D. C. After a few years he returned to Providence, where he became a teacher of mathematics at the Manual Training High School.
The call for volunteers during the Spanish-American War was too much of a temptation to him, and he soon found himself appointed a Lieutenant Colonel of the 1st Rhode Island Volunteers, with orders to proceed to the Philippine Islands. Upon completion of hostilities he was re-commissioned in the regular army as Captain in the Subsistence Department.
He resigned again in 1911 and proceeded to Shanghai, China, where for seven years he was a member of an import and export firm, but upon the death of his wife in 1918 he returned to New York. His personality very promptly won him many new friends, as it had during his army careers. After his retirement, in later years he took up auction and then contract bridge as a hobby. His keen mathematical mind enabled him to become among the leaders of the game and to rank with the experts. It was a joy and comfort to him.
His honesty and blind faith in human nature made him a lovable man all during his seventy-two years of a full and eventful life. He passed away on December 7th, 1936, after a brief illness, aboard the United States Army Transport Republic, en route to New York from Honolulu, where he had been visiting his daughter, the wife of Lieutenant Colonel Ralph S. Kimball, and was buried at sea with full military honors.
He is survived by three daughters, two of whom married army officers - Mrs. Ralph S. Kimball, wife of Lieut. Col. Kimball, Retired, and Mrs. F. J. J. Christian, wife of Lieut. Col. Christian, Field Artillery. The third daughter is Mrs. Henry F. La Voie, of Chicago. He is also survived by a son, Mr. Murray Cook, of Forest Hills, Long Island.
Body buried at sea
Specifically: Buried at sea with full military honors
Created by: Kenneth Robison II
Record added: Apr 25, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 89132277