Dr. Alan Cook

Dr. Alan N. Cook

Friday, May 14th, 1937 - Monday, June 29th, 2020
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Dr. Alan N. Cook
May 14, 1937 - June 29, 2020

Dr. Alan Cook, 83, beloved father and inspiring professor, passed away at home surrounded by family on June 29, 2020.

Alan graduated from Waco High in 1955, B.B.A., Baylor University - 1959; M.S. Economics - 1963 ibid; Ph.D. University of Arkansas in Economics.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert E. Cook, his mother, Edna Cook and his sister, Bette Cook.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Elizabeth Cook, his children, Cynthia, Stephen and Robert Cook as well as his grandchildren, Kyle Cook, Ryan and Reagan Cook and Scott and Stephanie Cook. In addition, he is survived by his niece and nephew, Maribeth Kramer and Farrington Kramer. Alan leaves a legacy in the family and friends who loved him, as well as the students he inspired.

He changed many lives for the better as a professor of International Economics and Finance at Baylor University for over 34 years. Prior to Baylor he taught at Hendrix College and Lamar University. His vision of academia was to ignite a passion in his students, teach them critical thinking skills, then to connect them to the people and companies that would allow them to use that passion to improve the world around them. He will be missed by all.

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, a small private graveside service was held at Oakwood Cemetery on July 2, 2020.

In lieu of flower, please donate in memory of Alan via: (search for Hankamer Business School, Finance/Insurance/Real Estate, Finance Excellence Fund).

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Baylor University Gift Processing
One Bear Place #97050
Waco, TX 76798-7050
Memo line: FIN Excel Fund, Alan Cook
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    Oakwood Cemetery
    2124 S. 5th Street
    WACO, TX 76706
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    Oakwood Cemetery
    2124 S. 5th Street
    WACO, TX 76706
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Eugene Perry

Posted at 02:09pm
Eugene Perry

I first met Alan when I was a presenter and attendee at a conference of international credit and finance professionals in San Antonio in the mid 1970’s. The conference represented the “crime de la crime” of a select group of professionals from industry. Attending the conference was an individual in the group we did not recognize and wondered how the person knew about the group and got invited. Being inquisitive, I found out the individual did his research and found out about the group through the groups organizer. After speaking, he introduced himself as Dr. Alan Cook, a professor of graduate students of international finance at Baylor University. He stated he was a typical “Tall Texan” who’s family use to be in the export business. He was impressed with my presentation and asked me to come to Waco to speak to his international graduate students, realizing and understanding the gap between practitioners from industry versus the theoretical side of academia. At the time, I worked for a company based in New York/New Jersey. Due to distance, I was not able to speak until I accepted a job in Houston in the early 1980’s. One day, I got a call from Alan stating “I got you now, no excuses why you cannot come to Waco to speak to my students.” Need less to say, I was dealing with a very persistent Professor. As it turned out, I wound up speaking at the University on a number of occasions. I can remember speaking to four different classes on one visit, despite his warnings the heavy schedule would be to much for a neophyte. I got my first real introduction to teaching. By the end of the day, my throat was quite sore and mentally exhausted. That initial meeting in San Antonio turned out to be a blessing in disguise. He persuaded me too write a book about international credit and finance. I agreed to the project after he persuaded my wife during dinner who had one question. She wanted to know how long would it take me to write a book, knowing professors write them. His reply, “no longer than two years.” I completed the book two and half years later and still married to the the same person who remained friendly to Alan. Alan’s participation and contact with the international business community him and his students to keep up to date with the constant changes in world financial markets and countries. His persistence and inspiration made the book possible. More importantly, we developed a strong relationship between our families. He will be missed but never forgotten.

Charlene Budd

Posted at 02:34pm
I did not know Alan very well at all until we taught together in Hankamer's "Baylor in London" program. While Bill Carden was in charge of the program, Alan greased the trip's wheels and kept everything running smoothly. He brought his family on the trip I was on and they were all a delight. We shared outings with Alan or his wife or one of the children on several occasions. They all were wonderful associates! I shall miss Alan and I offer my sincere condolences to Elizabeth, their children, and grandchildren.
He was one of a kind.

Charlene Spoede Budd

Bruce Cofer

Posted at 03:01pm
Alan Cook was an outstanding educator and even a better human being. I had several courses from him right after he came to Baylor to teach. He was truly the example of what a professor should be. He not only was a wealth of knowledge in the classroom but treated us graduate students like friends. I remember diners at his house for our international Econ class. He was instrumental in my journey to teach economics for almost forty years. In the last few years he and Elisabeth have had dinner together several times with my wife and me. Our hearts go out to Elisabeth and their family.

Joe McKinney

Posted at 08:00pm
Alan was a dear friend. Our sincere condolences to all of the Cook family

David Lacy

Posted at 12:08pm
Not only did I have Dr. Cook for Economics while at Baylor....I also had the pleasure of doing business with him for the past few decades in Waco. He was a close friend. He took great pleasure that an average student like me could have some reasonable success by simply working hard. We talked about Baylor. He loved to hear from me on economic development activity here in the Waco business community. If everyone was as well read as Alan on business issues , the world would be so much more informed. Smart, yet his sense of humor is what I shall miss most. Rest easy my friend , and God’s grace to you. David Lacy

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