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Joe B. Cook Professorship in Business Administration

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Joe B. Cook and his wife Louise Patterson Cook pictured on their 55th wedding anniversary, September 1, 1984.
Joe B. Cook and his wife Louise Patterson Cook pictured on their 55th wedding anniversary, September 1, 1984.

Joe B. Cook of Houston established the Joe B. Cook Professorship in Business Administration in 1983 to provide financial support to a faculty member in the McCombs School of Business. The purpose of this endowment is to encourage excellence in teaching and research in all aspects of business by supporting a faculty member who will attract and develop the young men and women who will be the future leaders in business.

 Mr. Cook, born in East Texas in 1905, enrolled in The University of Texas at Austin when he was just 16. The only member of his family to finish high school, Joe put himself through college by working as a dance band clarinet player, a telephone line worker, and night switchboard operator. In 1921 he received one of the first 100 B.B.A. degrees awarded by the University. After serving the Woodley Petroleum Company for over thirty years, Mr. Cook retired, devoting his hard-earned resources to supporting innovative teaching and research in the McCombs School of Business. Mr. Joe B. Cook died in July of 1990.

 Along with the Joe B. Cook Professorship in Business, Mr. Cook and his late wife Louise endowed the Joe B. and Louise Cook Professorship in Mathematics at The University of Texas at Austin.

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