Greencastle in Putnam County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Donald J. Cook ( 1915 - - 2005 )
“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. Cook’s 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
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. Touch 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 ) 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greencastle.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 13, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 280 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 13, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.