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Donald J. Cook ( 1915 - - 2005 )

 
 
Donald J. Cook ( 1915 - - 2005 ) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, June 10, 2012
1. Donald J. Cook ( 1915 - - 2005 ) Marker
Inscription.

“I felt called to teach as some men feel called to preach.” - - - D.J. Cook

Donald J. Cook, born at Rock Island, Il. B.A., Augustana College, 1937, M.S., U. Of Illinois, 1938, Ph.D., Indiana U., 1944, also served as President of The Indiana Academy of Science (1976).

Dr. Cook joined the staff of the Chemistry Department at DePauw University in 1945, where he spent the rest of his career as full-time staff member for thirty-five years and part-time for another five years until 1985. As Professor Emeritus he would continue as an active member of the University and the Greencastle community. A man of many talents, Dr. Cook was professor, chemist, researcher, author, scholar, administrator and preservationist.

In 1976 Dr. Cook initiated the Percy L. Julian Memorial Lecture Series and served as its director for many years. This series has played an important role in the national recognition of this famous DePauw scholar and chemist. The U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp honoring Julian under Dr. Cooks sponsorship.

With his wife Marion McCauley Cook, Dr. Cook, founded the Putnam County Heritage Preservation Society in 1976 and in turn the group won recognition for preservation of several historical buildings in Greencastle. The society also originated
Plaque Photo - - Donald J. Cook image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, June 10, 2012
2. Plaque Photo - - Donald J. Cook
the May “Fair on the Square” held annually and more recently the Heritage Wall. Dr. Cook salvaged for posterity the pillars that once graced the entrance to Old Minshall Laboratory demolished in 1973. (Picture shown) The Pillars now rise between historic East College and the DePauw University Union Building. Dr. Cook taught the many students who walked through the portals of Old Minshall Laboratory and into the far corners of the world. Their combined achievements are awe-inspiring.
 
Erected by Heritage Preservation Society.
 
Location. 39° 38.634′ N, 86° 51.814′ W. Marker is in Greencastle, Indiana, in Putnam County. Marker is at the intersection of South Vine Street and East Washington Street (U.S. 231), on the right when traveling south on South Vine Street. Click for map. Located on the "Heritage Wall". Top Row - - second from left. Marker is in this post office area: Greencastle IN 46135, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Julian Family Home (here, next to this marker); Putnamville United Methodist Church (here, next to this marker); Eli Lilly & The Civil War ( 1861--1865 ) (here, next to this marker); Percy Lavon Julian ( 1899--1975 )
Plaque Photo - - The Pillars image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, June 10, 2012
3. Plaque Photo - - The Pillars
(here, next to this marker); Abraham Lincoln's Biography (here, next to this marker); John Dillinger Was Here (here, next to this marker); The Founding of the Lilly Family in Greencastle, Indiana (here, next to this marker); Cannon's Men's Wear 1891 -- 1985 (here, next to this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Greencastle.
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
Wide View - - Donald J. Cook ( 1915 - - 2005 ) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, June 10, 2012
4. Wide View - - Donald J. Cook ( 1915 - - 2005 ) Marker
"Heritage Wall" image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, June 10, 2012
5. "Heritage Wall"
The marker can be seen on the top row - - second from the left.
Other View - - Donald J. Cook ( 1915 - - 2005 ) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, June 10, 2012
6. Other View - - Donald J. Cook ( 1915 - - 2005 ) Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 271 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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