DR. HOMER E. COOK
Dr. Homer E. Cook, 91, died on February 5, 2008, at Hospice House in Anderson, S.C., following a brief hospitalization. He and his wife of nearly 58 years, the late Dr. Caroline Sanford Cook, were longtime residents of Somerville, N.J., before retiring fulltime to their Marathon, Fla., home in 1979.
Dr. Cook was born and grew up in Edina, Mo. He began his professional education at Missouri Valley College and the University of Missouri before earning his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia. He served in the Navy during World War II, seeing active duty as senior medical officer on a destroyer in the Pacific Fleet. He was a Life Member of the American Legion.
During his 33-year obstetrical practice in Somerville and Bridgewater, N.J., he delivered more than 5,800 babies. A member of the medical staff at Somerset Medical Center, his service included terms as head of obstetrics and gynecology, and president of the medical staff. He was also a past president of the Somerset County Medical Society. Among his proudest professional achievements was being named a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
His many community activities included membership on the Somerville Board of Education, Somerville Kiwanis Club and Somerville Area Chamber of Commerce. He also was a deacon and elder at the First Dutch Reformed Church.
Dr. Cook’s favorite place in the world was Marathon in the Florida Keys where, in retirement, he pursued second careers as a realtor and Ace hardware salesman. He and his wife were active members of the Kirk of the Keys Presbyterian Church, and, among his community activities, he served on the Older American Advisory Board to the Monroe County Commissioners.
He is survived by his daughter Martha Trunnell and husband Gary of Liberty, S.C.; his son George Cook and wife Barbara of Bridgewater, N.J.; his son John Cook and wife Debra of Newton, N.J.; his sister Mary Elizabeth Jack and husband Arch of Oklahoma City; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and former colleagues and patients.
Throughout his married life he spent summers at Lake Shehawken, Pa, where he enjoyed tennis, sailing, golf, fishing and countless memorable times with his family, relatives and friends. Private services will be held at the lake this summer.