In Memorium: Funeral Services to be held for Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook at Martin Luther King, Jr. Chapel Tuesday

Date Released: May 31, 2017

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The Morehouse College community mourns the loss of Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook ‘48, the former president of Dillard University, who passed away on May 29, 2017, at age 88 in his Atlanta home.

Dr. Cook was a history-making educator who became the first African American tenured professor to teach at Duke University.

He was a friend and classmate of Martin Luther King, Jr. and a mentee of the legendary Benjamin E. Mays, Morehouse College’s sixth president.

Funeral services for Dr. Cook will be held on Tuesday, June 6, at Morehouse’s Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, 830 Westview Drive SW, Atlanta. The viewing will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  The funeral will follow at 11 a.m. (Fraternal rituals will begin at 10 a.m.) In lieu of flowers, the Cook family has asked that donations be made to the Dillard University chapel and the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel.

Dr. Cook was the epitome of a Morehouse Man – he was respected by his peers as a stalwart for social justice and a trailblazer in his field. Dr. Cook received his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College. He earned his master’s degree and doctorate from The Ohio State University.

In addition to teaching at Duke, Dr. Cook also taught at Southern University, Atlanta University, the University of Illinois, and University of California, Los Angeles. During his presidency at Dillard, which ran from 1974-1997, he established the National Center for Black-Jewish Relations.

Dr. Cook was the first black president of the Southern Political Science Association and served as a former vice-president of the American Political Science Association. He is a former president of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc., and former chair of the Presidents of the United Negro College Fund.

Dr. Cook’s work was noted by sitting presidents of the United States who called on him to serve his country. President Jimmy Carter appointed Dr. Cook to the prestigious National Council on the Humanities, and President Bill Clinton appointed him to the historic United States Holocaust Memorial Council.

In 1997, Duke University, established the Samuel DuBois Cook Society, and in 2006, Duke established a new postdoctoral fellowship in his honor in its Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Social Sciences. The Ohio State University also honored Cook with the Samuel DuBois Cook Summer Academy and the Samuel DuBois Cook graduate fellowship in Political Science.

He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Mrs. Sylvia F. Cook; his children, Samuel DuBois Cook Jr. and Karen J. Cook; and his grandchildren, Alexandra Renee Cook and Samuel DuBois Cook III.

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Last Modified: June 8, 2017, 13:06 PM, by: Synera Shelton

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