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Don Cook, American author, retired foreign correspondent. Recipient William the Silent award for journalism, 1956; English Speaking Union award for better understanding, 1957; citation Overseas Press, 1966. Trustee American School Paris, 1972-1980. Member Authors Guild, International Institute Strategic Studies (London), Council on Foreign Relations (New York City) Clubs: Garrick (London); Century (New York City); Franklin Inn (Philadelphia).

Background

Cook, Don was born on August 8, 1920 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States. Son of Paul J. and Nelle Brown (Reed) Cook.

Education

Student in public schools, Abington, Pennsylvania.

Career

He worked for the New York Herald Tribune (1943-1964) and the Los Angeles Times (1964-1989) consecutively for 46 years. His career spanned the close of World War II in Europe and the creation of today's Germany, the creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the crises in Berlin, and the Ronald Reagan-Mikhail S. Gorbachev summits. Cook also wrote several books on history, current affairs and biography.

Cook also contributed articles on diplomacy, foreign policy and nuclear disarmament for American and British magazines, among them Atlantic and Foreign Affairs. Cook was born August 8, 1920 in Bridgeport, CT, and grew up in Philadelphia, PA. His career began at St. Petersburg Times in Florida where he was a copy boy. He was then hired by TransRadio Press Service in Philadelphia and subsequently moved to its national office Washington DC. In 1943, the New York Herald Tribune hired him to cover the treasury and the White House and then sent him to London.

In 1965, he joined the Los Angeles Times as Paris as Bureau Chief and remained there for the next 23 years. In the 1970s, Cook moved into the role of European diplomatic correspondent covering the complex Soviet-US nuclear disarmament talks, and the creation of the European Union and the single currency. When the Iranian revolution broke out in 1979, Cook followed Ayatollah Khomeini from his exile in Paris to Tehran.

Hours after Cook left for Rome, Morris was killed by a sniper’s bullet. Cook retired in 1989 after 45 years abroad, and moved back to his hometown, Philadelphia, where he died at home in 1995. Cook was married to Cherry Mitchell Cook, who died in 1983.

They had seven children: Christopher Cook, Jennifer Thompson, Adrienne Garreau, Deborah Prosser, Caron Merrill, Danielle Cook, and Dominique Cook.

Works

Membership

Trustee American School Paris, 1972-1980. Member Authors Guild, International Institute Strategic Studies (London), Council on Foreign Relations (New York City) Clubs: Garrick (London). Century (New York City).

Franklin Inn (Philadelphia).

Connections

Married Cherry Mitchell, October 31, 1943 (deceased 1983). Children: Christopher, Jennifer, Adrienne, Deborah, Caron, Danielle, Dominique.

father:
Paul J. Cook

mother:
Nelle Brown (Reed) Cook

spouse:
Cherry Mitchell

children:
Christopher Cook

Jennifer Cook

Adrienne Cook

Deborah Cook

Caron Cook

Danielle Cook

Dominique Cook