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William Leigh Cook Jr. ’30

Published in Feb.†7, 1990, issue

On Sept. 22, 1989, at his home in Naples, Fla., Leigh finally succumbed to heart problems, which had forced him to retire in 1972 at the age of 65. It may seem like the normal time to retire, but Leigh lived a life of limited physical activity‚€”not an easy regimen for someone who practiced internal medicine and cardiology for long hours for 35 years. He was an active and dedicated medical man.

Leigh spent the war years in the Surgeon General's office in Washington, reached the rank of colonel, and was awarded the Legion of Merit. In Pittsburgh he practiced in four hospitals; founded a Cardiac Work Evaluation Clinic that he and his wife, Dr. Anne, ran for 12 years; ran a dispensary for executives of ALCOA (20 years); was chief of cardiology at Shadyside Hospital; was consultant to Westinghouse, H.J. Heinz, the Veterans Admn., and others; and taught at the Univ. of Pittsburgh Medical School.

Leigh married Anne Rush (Vassar '38) in 1943; she also became an M.D. They have a son, Dr. William R. '77, practicing in Pittsburgh, and a daughter, Leigh Anne Cook. A niece, Margaret C. Schulte, also survives. Deceased Princeton members of the Cook family include his father, William L. 1898, his uncle Henry '01, and his brother Albert '27. To his family we express our high regard for Leigh and extend our sympathy in their loss.

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