Retired administrator James Cook Jr. dies

James B. Cook Jr. (’44), an administrator on the old and new campuses, died Feb. 15, 2015, in Chester, Va. He was 91.

Cook joined the faculty in 1944 as an instructor in chemistry before moving into administrative roles. He served as assistant to the bursar (treasurer) from 1947 to 1958 and assistant treasurer and secretary of the Board of Trustees from 1960 to 1967.

“He was a very important member of what at that time was a very small administration,” Provost Emeritus Edwin G. Wilson (’43) said. “He retained a deep affection for Wake Forest throughout his life and frequently returned to both Wake Forest campuses for a visit.”

After leaving Wake Forest, Cook was a budget analyst and senior advisor in the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget. He retired in 2004.

A native of LaCrosse, Va., Cook was a member of Sigma Pi Fraternity at Wake Forest and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He earned a master’s degree in chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

He is survived by a sister, a brother, three nephews and three nieces.

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