Dr. James H. Cook passed away peacefully at the CarePartner Solace Center on Dec 12, 2017. He was born in Randolph, Nebraska on October 28, 1938. He was raised primarily in Rock Rapids, Iowa.
Following graduation from high school, he completed his pre-medical studies at the University of Nebraska and Morningside College, where he was a member of the varsity football team. He entered medical school at age 20 at the University of Iowa and was proud to become a third-generation physician in June of 1963.
Following graduation from medical school, he served in the US Air Force for 10 years. His first assignment was at Keesler AFB where he served as a rotating intern. Subsequently, he was assigned to the Brooks School of Aerospace Medicine in San Antonio where he completed his flight surgeon training. He was then deployed to the Pacific where he served as a flight surgeon at Hickam AFB in Hawaii and Don Muang Royal Thai Air Force Base near Bangkok, Thailand.
His residency training was completed at Walter-Reid Army Medical Center between 1967 and 1970 in Washington, D.C. It was at Walter-Reid Hospital that he met his wife, Susan Biebesheimer.
Upon completion of his residency, he was assigned to McDill AFB, Tampa, Florida. He separated from the Air Force at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
He arrived in Asheville in 1973, joining WNC Dermatological, where he worked until he retired in 2006.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Stuart H. Cook (Myrtle), and his brothers Mr. Donald Arthur Cook and Mr. Richard A. Cook.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Susan B. Cook; three children, Kevin J. Cook, Kimberly C. Boehm (Bill), and Carrie C. Cook, and two grandchildren, Will and Lauren Boehm.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Downtown Asheville and the family will receive friends following the service. Our Lake Julian staff is assisting the family.