Obit: COOKE, J. David

COOKE, J. David, of London, at home on Saturday, April 1, 2006 in his 67th year. Dearly beloved husband of Dianne Cooke. Loving father of Meghan Cooke and her husband Matt Kennedy of Vancouver and Hilary of Edmonton. Dear brother of George and his wife Barbara Efrat of Victoria. David was the son-in-law of the late Roderick and Anne Cameron and will be missed by his aunt Mrs. Jean Hunt of Sault Ste. Marie. Prof. Cooke obtained his B.Sc. (Mathematics and Physics) from Mount Allison University and M.Sc. (Pharmacology) and Ph.D. (Physiology) from Dalhousie University. Following post doctoral studies in Lund, Sweden, he joined the Department of Physiology at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario where he was appointed Professor in 1988. During his nearly 30 years at the University, he served as Dean, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, Acting Director, School of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Professor of Physiology, Professor of Physical Therapy, Honourary Associate Professor of Clinical Neurological Sciences and Director, Partners in Applied Virtual Environments. He was active in the governance of the University. He was awarded Professor Emeritus in 2001. In addition to his life-long involvement in academia, he found great enjoyment in reading, gardening, singing, traveling, driving his '54 MG, restoring his family home in Wallace, Nova Scotia and spending time with family and friends. He felt blessed by the many truly great friends he and his family have. His greatest love and legacy are his wife and two daughters. Friends may call on Tuesday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James Street at Richmond, London where the funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5 by the Rev. J. Bruce Small. Cremation with interment later in Wallace, Nova Scotia. Memorial contributions to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Canadian Cancer Society would be gratefully acknowledged Sault Star - Monday, April 3, 2006 <