I am so sorry for your loss. May the Most High God comfort you as you mourn the loss of your loved one. (Psalm 83:18)
Dr. Cook was the father of one of my dearest friends, his son Jerry. I recall his somewhat formal, very present manner as we ran amok in the Cook house. He always had a project going in the garage, producing a beautiful wooden canoe at one point. The last time I saw him was at Jerry's graduation from the FBI Academy in Quantico VA. He was so proud of what Jerry had accomplished, and that pride of both parents made an enormous impression on me and my son who had come with me. Dr. Cook is an example of a truly successful human life. It was an honor to know him.
When I am at the barn I am constantly reminded of you whether it is watching you work on projects, ride Shamrock or talking about skiing, hiking or traveling. You were a special, caring man and are greatly missed. We will remember you always. Sharon and Doug
DR. Rodney Cook was the only person who believed me when I was thirteen (37 years ago) and complained of severe abdominal pain. Nothing showed my appendix was bad. He convinced everyone I was not faking the pain. Even my own parents didn't believe me. They let him operate and he found a growth on my intestine that was the problem. He grabbed the appendix at the same time. He then used butterfly bandages and tape, no external stitches. My scar is only two inches long. God bless the man who believed the child and made my pain go away then. I have never forgotten his name.
Dr. Cook was a wonderful man. He did surgery on my daughter when she was 5. He was so kind to her when she was scared. He did a wonderful job with the surgery.
I assisted Dr. Cook in surgery for many years. He was kind, compassionate, funny, and an extremely talented & gifted surgeon.We still all smile with our wonderful "Dr Cook stories"! I'm sad to learn of his passing.
We can not believe he is gone. He was so full of life when we saw him in August. What a wonderful, compassionate man with a great sense of humour. So well read especially history. Loved making models and the many beautiful pieces he created with his woodwork my favourite being his rocking horses all very unique just like him. Rodney was a fantastic grandad and father-in-law to our daughter Jody. Rodney will be sadly missed by us all but the memories of his lifetime, well spent, will live in our hearts forever.
I Worked with Dr. Cook for many years in the O.R . Sorry to hear hisv departure.
he was unique person. My condolences to the family.
Dr Cook was a well respected and looked upon ski patrol adviser to members of the NW Region of the Pacific NW Division, National Ski Patrol System. He was well liked and very knowledgeable in assisting and teaching advance first aid techniques to ski patrollers of the NW Region. He will be missed but his mark shall remain. Our condolence to his entire family.
Gary M Burke, former Division Director, Pacific NW Division, NSPS.
I had the pleasure of working many years with Dr Cook he was a wonderful surgeon and a very unique person I have many great memories of him,he will be missed.
All the neighborhood boys knew him as "Dr.Cook"- the sailor, skier, and expert model maker. I built many planes, tanks and ships and if I received praise from Dr. Cook, I held it dearly. For more than 40 yrs my parents were neighbors of the Cooks and I count it an honor to have known him as my friend's father and in recent years reconnecting with him as an adult. I will always remember him for his encouraging words, zeal and determination.
I so loved working with Dr. Cook in the operating room for over 15 years. To say he was unique is an understatement. The OR staff loved sharing Rodney stories among themselves.The only cross word he ever had was with himself.
My condolences to his friends and family.
What a wonderful, caring generous person Rodneywas. I loved spending Christmas with him and many thoughtful dinner conversations. Rodney treated patients (myself included) and staff with great respect always. Suzanne Spencer described his personality so well. His humor was so sharp with taces of his native England.
My prayers and thoughts go with you Willie and boys. You will miss him always. Carmel Pope
Dr Cook[he will always be Dr Cook to me]was one of my teachers in my Family Medicine Residency. Much of what I learned about surgery, I learned from him. He was very beloved by his patients. He always came to see his patients in the hospital twice per day, which wasn't always done by all the doctors. We always bet on whether we should operate or not, and unfortunately
for me, Rodney was ALWAYS right. He was a great teacher, a great surgeon, and beloved by all that knew him.
magnificent surgeon and highly skilled, always ready to take on complex babies and newborns and fix them well. a classic one of a kind human being and ghc hero for sure.
He will be missed by Barbara and me. Our best wishes to his family.
Throughout my Pediatric career at GHC Rodney was our primary surgical consultant for children. A more conscientious and thoughtful doc I couldn't have found to care for "my kids." But I customarily alerted parents that Dr. Cook was not your typical doctor, and he sometimes appeared distracted, and you might hear him in the hallways discussing a medical issue --- all alone. Then with a smile I added that I would feel lucky if Dr. Cook was the surgeon-on-call when I needed one for myself, and I would most certainly choose him for my own children and grandchildren. He's simply one of the best. . . .
By the way, Rodney's audible discussions with himself weren't limited to hospital corridors. On the tennis court his on-going commentaries about almost every point were sometimes distracting to his doubles partners.
Doing tennis AND doing medicine with Rodney were both delightful.
Robert Hauck, retired tennis player and pediatrician
As a young resident, I was initially intimidated by Dr. Cook, but as Suzanne Spencer so well described, I came to appreciate the kind heart, profound thinking, and medical excellence that his demeanor at first hid. We were very fortunate to have a physician with his skill and character on the medical staff. My condolences to his family.
A wonderful colleague and fine gentleman in the truest sense, Rodney's apparent absent mindedness was a foil for his keen observations. His demeanor and humor was one for which one often strives but infrequently obtains. He will be greatly missed but fondly remembered.
Rodney was a terrific person and surgeon, very kind and thoughtful, and an unsurpassed technician with cases that others would not take on. He retained great humility and conducted himself in accord with the highest standards of Medicine. It was my privilege to have known him and to have collaborated with him.
Wayne Jack Wallis
In addition to memories of our careers together at Group Health, I have fond memories and many smiles of skiing with Rodney. He was a faithful member of the medical ski patrol with Ned Clarke for many years. Chasing him down the mountain was great fun, although I usually was careful to ski behind him (-:
Rodney was a great physician, always helpful and kind to our patients. I admired him tremendously.
Rodney was a most remarkable person, so focused on surgery and doing the right thing that at times he appeared absent minded. He had a skill set as a surgeon it took two new persons to replace him, at least. He was thoughtful, skillful, knowledgeable and conscientious.
I loved as a resident making rounds with Dr. Cook. I knew that every item he arrived with at the hospital, pens/lunch/coat/umbrella/books, would be left somewhere. Then they miraculously drifted in during the day. He had a lovely sense of humor and we adored him.
My condolences to the family, how lucky you were to have him.
I had the pleasure of working with Rodney for 14 years when I was a surgeon at GHC. He was a terrific surgeon and a unique individual. I treasured his friendship and, more recently, enjoyed dining with him at Seattle Surgical Society meetings. He will be much missed. Please let me know when the memorial service will be held.
Rodney, As a former Group Health pediatrician & colleague, I marveled time and again at your surgical expertise with the little ones, your caring demeanor with the parents, and your fine sense of humor displayed to all who had the chance to interact with you. Robert S. Thompson MD, "Tom".
Grandson Sean, very nice job with the obituary. Dad, I miss you.
Rodney was a fine technical surgeon, a wonderful doctor and a great colleague. He often had some profound historical element to add to discussions, was broadly read, and not at all bashful about making certain that his conversation partners knew what they were talking about. I have a photograph of him sound asleep in the Group Health surgeons lounge taken years ago. We were all afraid to waken him.
His was a full and wonderful life.
Rodney - We'll miss your good humor and the mischievous twinkle in your eyes. Our condolences from our family to yours.