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John Richard Cook ’48

Published in Dec. 17, 1997, issue

Dick Cook died on Oct. 15, 1997, of massive heart failure. He had been blessed with excellent health all his life.

A graduate of Germantown Academy, Dick entered Princeton in July 1944. He was in the Army for a year and graduated in June 1949 with honors in psychology. He played varsity soccer and JV baseball and was in Colonial.

After a brief interlude at the Insurance Co. of North America, Dick was with duPont for 32 years in personnel work. In that period his first marriage ended, leaving him with three wonderful children. In 1964 he married the love of his life, Connie, who brought two children along with her. Connie's father was Jim Montgomery '20. It was a rah, rah, orange-and-black family.

An interest in juvenile justice brought him to the Delaware Dept. of Corrections as a counselor for 17 years. He also worked for the Plummer Center, preparing adult offenders for life after prison.

Dick's family was first in his life, with sports a close second. He coached a variety of sports and was an authorized baseball official. His magical relations with youngsters were reflected at his funeral service, "A Celebration of Life"; his seven grandchildren took stage center for a rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game."

To Connie and their children, Marti, Cindy, John, Geoff, and Sandi, the class extends its fondest condolences and an extra rah, rah.

The Class of 1948

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