LTC. Jeff Cook
It is with sincere sadness that we introduce our patients and readers to the late LTC. Jeffery Scott Cook.
As you’ll see from the associated write up on Jeff’s life, this is the last person you would expect to die early from a heart attack. This doesn’t have to happen to you or your loved ones.
Heart attacks and strokes are preventable! Utilizing the type of comprehensive approach espoused and practiced by Dr. Leslie Gaskill, you can eliminate these issues as causes of early death. We can help you detect your “traditional” and “non-traditional” risk factors and root causes of disease before it is too late.
Please see our “In the News” tab on www.plaquebusters.net and our practice website at www.drlesliegaskill.com under “ links”, and see the videos available there as well.
Plaque Busters was pleased to sponsor the Zumbathon in memory of LTC Jeff Cook.
All proceeds are for the benefit of American Heart Association.
The zumbathon was a success!
Please stay tuned for more information about the event news follow-up
Jeffery Scott Cook
LTC. Jeffery Scott Cook was born August 9, 1959 in Festus, Missouri. Jeff was the oldest of three children born to Joann Bond. On Sunday, January 8, 2012 Angels of the Lord escorted him home to live with his Heavenly Father.
When he was 14, his family moved to St. Louis. He attended Soldan High School where he excelled in academics and on the football and track teams. He accepted an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he excelled in intercollegiate football, track and field. Jeff earned 8 varsity letters where he played defensive back and ran the 110m high hurdles. He graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor’s degree in engineering. Jeff also held a Master’s degree in exercise physiology from Indiana University.
During his military career, Jeff served in locations around the world to include the United States, Germany and Saudi Arabia. He completed assignments with diverse units such as the 82nd Airborne Division, 4th Ranger Training Brigade and 4th 41st Infantry. He also taught for 4 years at West Point; where he was an assistant professor at the Department of Physical Education.
Jeff cherished those years at the Academy, teaching future Army leaders. His final duty station was as the chief of Response Task Force East with the First U.S. Army at Ft. Gillem, Georgia. There he organized and trained a team responsible for providing command and control capabilities for military support to civil authorities during natural and man-made disasters.
Jeff retired from the US Army as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2002; with more than 20 years of meritorious service. During his career, Jeff received many decorations and awards including the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Medal, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Expert Infantry Badge and the Ranger Tab.
Jeff joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2002 as Operations Branch Chief for the Office of Preparedness in the Division of Emergency Operations. In this capacity he played a key role in establishing the Director’s Emergency Operations Center during the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome epidemic (SARS).
He moved to the Office of the Director in 2004 to serve as the Deputy Chief of Staff for management and operations. In 2010 he joned the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, WISEWOMAN Program as a project officer.
He spent much of his career dedicated to understanding and improving health promotion approaches and was an exceptional role model for a physically active lifestyle.
At the time of his death, Jeff was a Doctoral candidate in Health Promotion and Behavior at the the University of Georgia. Jeff was interested in understanding why some individuals, particularly African-American males in urban settings, were not physically active.
His research was examining the influence of the physical environment and social environment on physical activity in this population. Jeff believed that a greater understanding of the factors that influence physical activity will enable public health professionals to better reach and encourage this often neglected group to avail themselves of the considerable benefits of physical activity.
Jeff leaves behind a large family of relatives including his wife Marline Cook. He will be truly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues.