Kenneth Cook

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Kenneth Cook
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Membership Life Member


Obituary[1]

Kenneth Lorimer Cook, Ph.D., 81, died of a heart attack on June 21, 1996, in Salt Lake City.

He was born June 8, 1915, in Middleton, New Hampshire, to Ella (Molton) and Fred Rae Cook. He attended grammar school in Union and York, Maine, and graduated from Portsmouth High School, New Hampshire in 1932. After receiving his B.S. in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1939, Dr. Cook received his Ph.D. in geology, physics and paleontology at the University of Chicago with highest honors in 1943.While researching for the Division of Geophysical Exploration of the U. S. Bureau of Mines, he met Lois Hunter Luke of Cedar City. They were married in 1946 and sealed in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple on September 25, 1970. He was a very loving husband and caring father of three children.

From 1946 to 1953 he worked for the Geophysics Branch of the U. S. Geological Survey investigating mining districts of the West. From 1952 to 1982 he was an appointed Professor of Geophysics at the University of Utah. He was head of the Department of Geophysics (1952-1963), director of the University Seismograph Stations (1952-1976), and Professor Emeritus of Geophysics until his death.

Dr. Cook was unanimously awarded Active Member for Life by The Society of Exploration Geophysicist (1987). He, also, was a member of the AAPG, AGU, AIME, EAEG, GSA, SSA, and Sigma Xi. He was a member of the SEG since 1946. He served on the Reviews Committee, the Geophysical Activities Committee, SEG Refraction Volume Committee, Data Processing Committee, Education Liaison Committee, Continuing Education Committee, and Gravity Anomaly Map Committee. He was the editor of the SEG Cumulative Index volumes published in 1955 and 1963, and vice-president of SEG during 1967-1968.

His meticulous research work of earth crust and upper mantle studies, his seismology research and his cartography have been a major contribution to the people of Utah, the Western United States, scientists, and future generations.

He is dearly missed by his wife, Lois Hunter Luke; his three children, Wayne Kenneth Cook and wife Sandy (McDaniel), Carla Rae Cook and husband Claus Koenig, Shauna Lee Cook and husband Cordell Clinger; three grandchildren, Eric, Carin, and Ana Lee; and his mother-in-law, Marian Hunter Luke.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 26, 1996, at 10 a.m. at the Monument Park 8th LDS Ward, 1795 South Texas Street. Friends may call on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 East 1300 South, and one hour before the Wednesday service. Interment, Cedar City Cemetery, Cedar City, Utah.

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Biography[2]

Kenneth Lorimer Cook (1915-1996) received his B.S. in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1939 and his Ph.D. in geology, physics, and paleontology with highest honors at the University of Chicago in 1943. From 1946 through 1953 he worked for the Geophysics Branch of the U.S. Geological Survey investigating mining districts of the West. From 1952 through 1982 he was a Professor of Geophysics at the University of Utah. Through his career at the University of Utah he was head of the Department of Geophysics (1952-1963) and director of the University Seismograph Stations (1952-1976). His research of earth crust, upper mantle, seismology, and cartography have been a major contribution to the geological community. Materials involved with the Interpretation of Resistivity Data are located within the Collection. The correspondence included is generally of a professional nature between Cook, his colleagues, and other scientists.

References

  1. Obituary Deseret News Monday, June 24 1996 12:00 a.m. MDT
  2. Kenneth L. Cook papers, Accn 1466, Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah[1]