Richard Cook
1934 - 2020
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Richard Lee Cook

Richard Lee Cook died peacefully on November 14, 2020. He was born October 30,1934 to Kirby Cook and Margie McNeil in Big Springs Texas.

He is preceded in death by his parents Kirby Cook and Margie McNeil, sister Margaret, brothers Fred, Ronnie , Sam, and favorite dog Flash. Richard is survived by his wife Lorraine Cook; his children Robert Cook, Jeanne Benta, Gary Cook, Julie Cook and Shari Cook; grandchildren Stacy Catanach, Jessica Cook, Sarah Cook, Krista Martinez, Sean Cook. and Ryan Cook; great grandchildren Mariah Baca-Catanach, Nicole Gonzales, Andrew Bigbie, Marcus Bigbie, Ezra Duran; and loving sister Deborah Cook Bentley.

Due to COVID-19, services are being planned for early 2021.

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Published in Albuquerque Journal on Nov. 18, 2020.
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November 19, 2020
My grandpa is and always will be the smartest most logical most artistic most handsome man with a loving heart you could ever meet.. He never told you what you wanted to hear, but that was because he always pushed you to be better .. He appreciated everyone in his own way and I am forever grateful for him. I love you grandpa! Thank you for visiting me in my dreams. Now I know you're ok .. You just had to take a different flight to Vegas than the rest of us! Btw you looked great in your tan jacket and hat with the black strip.. I'm sure you're gonna win big for us all! I love you so much!!
Krista Martinez
November 19, 2020
I was a student of Dick's in the mid 1980's. I remember him coming from the University of New Mexico to lead the art department at the College of Santa Fe. The art department was just a couple of classrooms in old Army barracks before he arrived. Not long after he arrived the department seemed to double in size and the art program began offering interdisciplinary programs. Dick had big plans for the art department to expand and spearheaded the growth of the art department, ultimately getting its own building with a first class facility of studio space, classrooms, gallery and staff to rival any institution.
Dick as a teacher was a motivator. In his critiques, he was honest, realistic and fair but positive.
I can still hear him critiquing my senior art thesis class. He knew the aesthetic side of art but seemed to have a keen business sense. He pushed me to succeed and supported my decision to take a semester break from art, saying it was a good idea, because it would allow me to see how well I would relate to art. A lot of what I have learned in the real world and the visual arts these past 40 years, I always go back to what I learned from Dick Cook and his staff at the College of Santa Fe.
Alec Richards
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