Fondly remembered by patients and colleagues for his bolo ties and efforts to improve health for low-income patients, AAP Past President Donald E. Cook, M.D., FAAP, of Denver, died Oct. 17. He was 84.

While AAP president in 1999-2000, Dr. Cook called on pediatricians to advocate for universal health care for children, violence prevention, and improved access to and payment for immunizations. He also drew members’ focus to what he called “giving up the store,” a phenomenon in which pediatricians were slowly losing grasp of patients to other health care providers such as emergency departments. He reached out to international pediatricians on behalf of the Academy as well.

The sports-loving Dr. Cook played football and hoped to coach, until injuries in college sidelined his plans. After high school, he enlisted in the Navy serving as a Pharmacist’s Mate. He shifted his focus and earned his medical degree in 1955...

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