David M. Cook M.D., 75, of Portland, Ore., formerly of River Forest, died peacefully on July 20, 2013, surrounded by family. Born in Chicago and raised in River Forest, he attended St. Vincent Ferrer Grade School and Fenwick High School where he competed on the swim team all four years. The family lived in the 1400 block of Lathrop. He and 32 others from his class went to Notre Dame together. In 1959, he graduated from Notre Dame and in 1963 from St. Louis University Medical School, where he met his wife, Marie. He served in the U.S. Army for two years.
After completing a residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago and a residency at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Cook and Marie moved to Portland in 1969. He worked at Oregon Health & Science University for 43 years as an endocrinologist.
Family, friends, colleagues, and patients say they will remember his unconditional love, dedication, sense of humor, and courage.
Duke Cook is survived by his wife, Marie; his children, Karen, Michael, Paul and Melanie; his sons-in-law, Sam and Josh; five grandchildren; and his siblings, Carol and Richard. A rosary preceded a memorial Mass at St. Cecilia Church in Beaverton, Ore. on July 30, followed by a reception in the parish center.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggested donations be given in his name to the St. Cecelia Adopt-a-Student program or LifeWorks Northwest.
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