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ALLYN AUSTIN COOK

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COOK, ALLYN AUSTIN
After a short illness, Allyn passed peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 in the E.T. York Hospice Care Center, surrounded by his family.
Mr. Cook was born on February 14, 1927 in Dudley, Illinois to the late Floyd and Kathryn Cook. After earning his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of Wisconsin and serving in the U.S. Navy as a pilot at the end of W.W. II, he worked for the USDA in South Dakota and then moved to Gainesville where he retired from the University of Florida, after 35 years. During his lifetime, his work took him to the far reaches of the globe. He and his wife of 40 years, Carolyn, who preceded him in death in 1990, lived in Hawaii, Egypt, Australia and Indonesia. He traveled to most countries in South and Central America, the mid-East, China and the Far East.
After he retired, he kept himself busy with a vast array of projects. He developed five new gardenia varieties, obtained patents on three of them, wrote two books, played duplicate bridge, golfed and bird-watched and was a stamp and coin collector.
He is survived by his two daughters, Jackie (Bruce) Kuhlman and Cheryl (Pat) Meighan; two grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and four step-great grandchildren; his dear friend Annette Perry; a brother, Glen A. Cook, and a sister, Alice Lauher.
Allyn's family invites friends to join them at Allyn's home on Sunday, February 7, 2016 from 2 to 4 P.M., to celebrate his life and accomplishments. For details, please contact WILLIAMS-THOMAS FUNERAL HOME, or visit his memorial page at
www.williamsthomas
funeralhome.com
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6, 2016
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