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Book details
  • Genre:BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • SubGenre:Historical
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Oklahoma Voices Series
  • Series Number:0
  • Pages:308
  • eBook ISBN:9781885596956

H. Dale Cook

Born to Serve Honorably

by H. Dale Cook and Kris

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Overview
Dale Cook made an adventure out of all of life from transporting a block of ice in his wagon across a highway at age five to leading the high school band, flying P-51 Mustangs, trying lawsuits, advising the first Oklahoma Republican governor, running a Washington bureaucracy, and dispensing justice as a federal judge. His sense of integrity, duty, honor, and love of country guides his approach to the many challenges he faces. His quiet, unassuming story telling, sprinkled with humor and joy, teaches life lessons he invites us to share. After his death, the following quote was discovered in one of his computer files: When Ben Franklin was trying to decide whether to publish his memoirs from early years, he submitted his writing to several friends. Benjamin Vaughan wrote back: “The little private incidents which you will also have to relate will have considerable use, as we want above all things rules of prudence in ordinary affairs; and it will be curious to see how you have acted in these. It will be so far a sort of key to life and explain many things that all men ought to have once explained to them to give them a chance of becoming wise by foresight. The nearest things to having experience of one’s own is to have other people’s affairs brought before us in a shape that is interesting; this is sure to happen from your pen; your affairs and management will have an air of simplicity or importance that will not fail to strike; and I am convinced you have conducted them with as much originality as if you had been conducting discussions in politics or philosophy; and what more worthy of experiments and system (its importance and its errors considered) than human life?
Description
Dale Cook made an adventure out of all of life from transporting a block of ice in his wagon across a highway at age five to leading the high school band, flying P-51 Mustangs, trying lawsuits, advising the first Oklahoma Republican governor, running a Washington bureaucracy, and dispensing justice as a federal judge. His sense of integrity, duty, honor, and love of country guides his approach to the many challenges he faces. His quiet, unassuming story telling, sprinkled with humor and joy, teaches life lessons he invites us to share. After his death, the following quote was discovered in one of his computer files: When Ben Franklin was trying to decide whether to publish his memoirs from early years, he submitted his writing to several friends. Benjamin Vaughan wrote back: “The little private incidents which you will also have to relate will have considerable use, as we want above all things rules of prudence in ordinary affairs; and it will be curious to see how you have acted in these. It will be so far a sort of key to life and explain many things that all men ought to have once explained to them to give them a chance of becoming wise by foresight. The nearest things to having experience of one’s own is to have other people’s affairs brought before us in a shape that is interesting; this is sure to happen from your pen; your affairs and management will have an air of simplicity or importance that will not fail to strike; and I am convinced you have conducted them with as much originality as if you had been conducting discussions in politics or philosophy; and what more worthy of experiments and system (its importance and its errors considered) than human life?
About the author
Dale Cook was born and raised in Guthrie, Oklahoma. After one year in college at the University of Oklahoma (OU), he served in the United States Army Air Corps and became a fighter pilot instructor during World War II. At the end of the War, he completed his undergraduate degree and earned his law degree at OU. Shortly after entering private legal practice, he was elected County Attorney of Logan County. Thereafter, he became an Assistant United States Attorney in Oklahoma City, and after several years went into private practice in a trial law firm, eventually becoming a partner. His career path took a new turn when he was persuaded by governor elect Henry Bellmon to assume the responsibility of serving as counsel to the first Republican governor of Oklahoma. After Governor Bellmon’s second legislative session, Dale left to form his own law firm and serve as president of a bank. Duty called again when he agreed to serve as Director of the Bureau of Hearings and Appeals in Washington, D.C. Shortly before leaving that position, he was appointed by President Gerald Ford and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma in Tulsa. The Honorable H. Dale Cook served for more than 33 years.
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