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Timothy E. Cook

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WILLIAMSTOWN -- Timothy E. Cook, 51, of Baton Rouge, La., formerly of Williamstown, died Saturday of cancer at his home.

Born on Aug. 16, 1954, in Van Nuys, Calif., son of Thomas and Audrey Cook, he moved to Whittier, Calif., as a child and graduated from Lowell High School in Whittier in 1972.

He earned a bachelor's degree in government from Pomona College in 1976 and continued his education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received a Ph.D. in political science in 1982.

From 2001 through his death, he was a professor of mass communication and political science at Louisiana State University. From 1981 to 2001, he taught at Williams College as the Fairleigh Dickinson Jr. professor of political science.

From 1984 to 1985, Cook was awarded a congressional fellowship by the American Political Science Association.

As a congressional fellow, he worked for Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and former Rep. Donald Pease, D-Ohio.

While on leave from Williams in 1990, he held the Lombard Chair at the Shorenstein Center in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

He continued to teach courses at both Williams and Harvard until 2001, when he was named the Kevin P. Reilly Sr. Chair of Political Communication in the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State.

Mr. Cook was the author of several books, including "Making Laws and Making News: Media Strategies in the House of Representatives," "Governing with the News: The News Media as a Political Institution," and "Freeing the Presses: The First Amendment in Action."

In addition, he co-authored "Crosstalk: Citizens, Candidates, and the Media in a Presidential Campaign," which won the Doris Graber Prize from the American Political Science Association, and "Governing with the News" won the same award in 2005.

He enjoyed classical music and watching old animated cartoons.

He leaves his partner of 26 years, Jack Yeager, with whom he lived, and two sisters, Carol Jacoby of Long Beach, Calif., and Kathy Cook of La Habra, Calif.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Aug. 11, 2006
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