Cook, Robert E.
Aug. 10, 1923 - Mar. 11, 2013
Robert E. Cook, 89, of Sarasota, FL, died of natural causes in Sarasota, FL on Mar. 11, 2013.
He was born August 10, 1923 in Des Moines, IA.
Known to friends and family as Bob, he grew up in Whitefish Bay, WI. Before enlisting as a pilot in the Army Air Corp for three years during World War II
, he briefly attended Ripon College. Following the war he returned to complete college at The University of Wisconsin on the GI Bill, an opportunity he remained grateful for his entire life. He continued on to graduate with his JD in 1950. After earning his law degree he took his first job as a special agent for the FBI in Miami, FL. A few years later, he was hired by the Milwaukee law firm Drought & Grootemaat, which was later renamed Cook & Franke. Bob's widely recognized career as a trial lawyer lasted more than 40 years. In the field of law, Bob served on multiple boards, including the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Wisconsin. Bob published in a variety of journals and served as an invited lecturer on divorce and trial matters for the Wisconsin Bar Association and several law schools. In addition he held fellowships for the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, where he served as President. One of Bob's favorite aspects of the profession was acting as a mentor to younger associates. After retiring to Sarasota, FL he continued his support of the Milwaukee community through his work with the Inbusch Foundation. Bob's passions in life included flying, photography, and the arts. He will be remembered for his loyalty, generosity, and keen sense of humor, which never left him. He is survived by his five loving daughters: Diane Cook, Linda Cohan, Susan Hillman, Kari Marx, Julie Snyder; his first wife Marilynn Etzold; and 10 grandchildren: Kate, Rob, Jenna, Sam, Joe, Jamie, Tommy, Michael, Andrew and Will. Bob was preceded in death by his best friend and wife of nearly 40 years, Lynn Cook. A private ceremony is being held at Sarasota National Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Robert E. Cook Law School Scholarship Fund at The University of Wisconsin or The
. The family extends our deepest gratitude to Bob's caregivers, especially Nancy Vontz and Ann Houk, who helped keep him content and comfortable in his final years. Funeral arrangements by: Toale Brothers Funeral Home.