Edwin Francis “Ed” Cook

Edwin Francis “Ed” Cook

Birth
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Death 13 Jul 2006 (aged 87)
Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea
Memorial ID 72126856 · View Source
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Edwin Cook was born in San Francisco to William Stanley and May Orpin Cook. He had an brother, Bill who was 6 years older than Ed. As a young child, Ed contracted Pott's disease, which resulted in a spinal collapse when he was 9 years old.

Home-schooled until age 12, Ed showed great academic promise when he started public school. With academic excellence, he was granted scholarships to Stanford University, earning a BA, MA and PhD in entomology (1947). He taught at Stanford until 1949, when he was offered a permanent position in the Entomology Department at the University of Minnesota.

Just prior to moving to MN, Ed married Ferne Atkins Cook, who was widowed with two young children. Ed and Ferne raised three additional children. Before he passed away, Ed had 4 grandchildren as well.

As an instructor and later full professor of entomology, Ed was loved and respected by his graduate students and colleagues at the university. While he thoroughly enjoyed teaching, he also found time for research and publication of scientific papers.

After retirement, Ed became an active community volunteer (meals on wheels, library and their church). His avocational passions included travel, bird watching, continuing education, reading, music, woodworking and gardening. He was an avid supporter of wildlife conservation.


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  • Created by: Robin Atkins
  • Added: 28 Jun 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 72126856
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edwin Francis “Ed” Cook (11 Sep 1918–13 Jul 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 72126856, ; Maintained by Robin Atkins (contributor 47543754) Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.