Dr. Chester Cook, alumnus, clinical associate professor

Dr. Chester Edwin Cook, a retired clinical associate professor of internal medicine who later became a psychiatrist, died Nov. 8. He was 87.

Dr. Cook was born on Christmas Day 1921 in rural East Texas. The seventh of eight children, he was the first in his family to go to college, graduating from UT Austin in 1942 and UT Southwestern in 1945.

After serving in the Army during the Korean War, Dr. Cook became a UT Southwestern faculty member in the Department of Internal Medicine in the 1950s.

After retiring in 1978, he was back at UT Southwestern a year later as a clinical associate professor of psychiatry.

“Dr. Cook was the grand old man of psychiatric education when I arrived here 20 years ago,” said Dr. Paul Mohl, professor of psychiatry. “His dedication to the sickest patients with the least resources was unbounded.”

Dr. Cook became a fellow of the American College of Physicians in 1972. His career also included time as a physician in Plainview, Texas; medical director of Southwestern Life Insurance Co.; and staff psychiatrist of the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation at Terrell State Hospital, where he treated patients and trained residents in psychiatry.

“Through his efforts, Terrell State Hospital was assured of a constant flow of well-trained psychiatrists who joined its staff,” Dr. Mohl said.

Dr. Cook also was active in the UT Southwestern Alumni Association and served as president of the organization in the 1970s. Memorials may be made in his honor to
UT Southwestern Medical Center, P.O. Box 910888, Dallas, TX 75391-0888.

LaKisha Ladson