Albert Cook, businessman, ranch owner, dies at 87

Raised quarterhorses, founded Native American craft cooperative

March 12, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Albert Cook, a retired businessman and ranch owner, died in his sleep March 2 at Manor Care Ruxton. He was 87.

Mr. Cook was born in Philadelphia and raised in Chicago. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1945 from Northwestern University School of Engineering.

Mr. Cook worked in research for the DuPont Co. in New York City, Baltimore and Waynesboro, Va., before returning in the late 1940s to Chicago, where he went into a partnership in the furniture business.

From 1964 to 1965, he owned ADV Inc., a furniture manufacturing company. In 1965, he purchased land in Fremont County, Wyo., where he established Dry Creek Ranch, a quarter-horse ranch in the Wind River Mountains near Lander, Wyo.

He and his wife later established Wind River Crafts, a craft work cooperative that was owned by the Shoshone and the Northern Arapaho craft workers who lived on the Wind River Reservation.

In 1986, Mr. Cook and his wife left Wyoming and moved to Owings Mills. They later settled in Towson, where they lived in Lambeth House.

Mr. Cook was a member of the Maryland Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road, where a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. March 20.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, the former Elizabeth Plasman; three sons, Charles R. Cook of Baltimore, Stephen K. Cook of Silver Spring and Frederick A. Cook of Salt Spring Island, British Columbia; a daughter, Carolyn M. Cook of Glendale, Calif.; and three grandchildren.

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