ARTHUR M. COOK
Arthur M. Cook, is the son of
Arthur J. and Mary (Morgan) Cook, two students from Iowa who
met at Cornell College. He was born in Oak Park, Illinois
on September 15, 1931 and has a sister, Sally, two years younger.
When he was ten, the family moved to the Minneapolis area
where his father, now retired, was a Savings and Loan examiner;
his mother was a school teacher.
Mr. Cook's formal art training
began at Roosevelt High School under the direction of Mrs.
Katrine, a good teacher. At Hamline University, Mr. Cook met
Paul Olsen, an art instructor who had a great influence on
his future. Mr. Olsen advised him to enroll at the Minneapolis
School of Art, where Mr. Olsen also taught, to get a better
technical education. As Mr. Cook's ability developed, Mr.
Olsen urged him to seek a career in commercial art.
Arthur Cook was always a worker.
Beginning at age twelve with a paper route, he subsequently
held a variety of jobs, working summers and nights while in
college. His military experience was eight years in the Naval
Air Reserves which he joined when he was seventeen.
His first job in commercial art,
which he found through a notice on the school bulletin board,
was with Howard Lee Studios. When that studio folded, he took
two short-term positions, and then settled with Campbell Studios
for eight years. In 1961, he went to Honeywell where he was
Industrial Art Director.
Mrs. Cook, the former Joan Devoy
of Minneapolis, acts as wife, homemaker, mother of four teen-aged
children, and custodian of Flag, the dog; and also works and
goes to school. She and Mr. Cook met, rather reluctantly,
on a blind date. From then on neither one had to worry about
any more blind dates; they were married a year later, in June,
Mr. Cook's avocations included
conservation and painting. He was active in several conservation
organizations, including the National and International Wildlife
Federations, Ducks Unlimited, the National Audubon Society,
and Trout Unlimited.
Because of a lack of space and
time during the early years of his marriage, Mr. Cook neglected
his painting. He became an avid reader of science fiction;
but when the family moved to a new home, he began to take
an interest in gardening. He took a special interest in wild
plants, and gained recognition as a lily hybridizer. During
this time he did botanical drawings for the North American
Lily Society yearbook.
All through the years Mr. Cook's
favorite pastimes were hunting and fishing. He always carried
a camera when he went, thus combining research for paintings
with his pleasure. He was known to jokingly say he takes time
off from his avocation of painting to go to work.