Dr. Jacqueline B. Cook

Dr. Jacqueline B. Cook

Growing up in Wagoner, Oklahoma, Jacqueline Cook was surrounded by friends and family who gave her love, support and confidence. After graduating from Wagoner High School, she went on to earn bachelor's and master's degrees in education from the University of Oklahoma.

Jacque became a special education teacher and spoke fondly of her work, highlighted by the lessons she learned from her students. Despite her obvious love for her work, she felt drawn to do something more, so she returned to school to earn a master's degree in social work.

In 1974, Jacque joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Services at OU Health Sciences Center. An invaluable resource, Jacque was a staple at the OU Health Sciences Center, coordinating the residency rotation and mentoring countless medical students, physicians and social workers.

But Jacque's influence did not end at 5 p.m. She donated her time and expertise to numerous organizations and was recognized throughout Oklahoma for her work. In addition to many awards for her dedication to her department, Jacque was named to the OU Hall of Honor with the Distinguished Achievement as Social Work Practice Professional award, Governor Mary Fallin designated Jacque Cook Day in 2016 and she was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus in 2017.

Following her death, a gift in her estate established the Jacqueline B. Cook Fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation that annually supports the Cavett Kids Foundation.

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