Roscoe Cook

March 2, 1939December 30, 2011

Roscoe Cook, Jr. was born on March 2, 1939 in El Centro, California, to parents Roscoe Cook and Mamie Gentry. Roscoe graduated from the University of Oregon and earned his Doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts.

During his years, at the University of Oregon, he was a “star” track performer. He was recognized worldwide for his record holding performance in the 60 and 100 yard dash. Roscoe tied the world record in both races. In 2010, Roscoe was inducted into the University of Oregon Hall of Fame for his track and field records.

Roscoe was united in matrimony to Christine Pugh on December 23, 1982. They made an agreement, before marriage, to never mix Anniversary and Christmas presents or else there would be “trouble in the Cook household!“ Two years after the marriage, Roscoe forgot the agreement, and guess what happened!!

Roscoe had a long and successful career with Los Angeles County schools, serving first as a teacher and then as an administrator.

He was so blessed to have the love and spiritual support of so many friends and family. Roscoe’s H₂O brothers and their wives, and his church, St. James United Methodist Church meant everything to him.

Roscoe is survived by his wife, Christine V. Cook; 6 sisters, Sandra Kay Darden, Elaine McFadden, Rita Cook, Hanna Cook, Deborah Brown, and Jettiev Manning; and a host of loving nieces and nephews.


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oscar baldemor

February 1, 2012

The impact Roscoe has made on my life is immeasurable. I am a better man, a better partner, a better friend because of him. It is the love; it is the awesome; it is the Wang-Wang that will forever be my touchstones.

January 18, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

January 14, 2012

Dear Christine, We truly share your pain. We dearly loved Cousin Roscoe. We send our sincerest and deepest sympathy to you.

Terrell and Pat Williams

Charles Muhammad

January 13, 2012

January 12, 2012

Thanks for the fun times we shared while students at San Diego High School.
Elsie Mays and husband Rudolph Dean

crystal ross

January 11, 2012

his light will forwever shine in the hearts of those who had the pleasure of knowing him. roscoe was such a wonderful and special person.

Stacey E

January 9, 2012

To Chris - I thank you and Roscoe for being there for me and feeding my body with great take out and my soul with your presence when I was convalescing. Roscoe was a sweetheart and he will be missed. Much love to you.

January 7, 2012

To the Family of my dear friend Roscoe. He was a great man. He had a spirit that lifted everyone up that he met. He was the true meaning of the word Humble. On behalf of me and my wife, we will continue lifting you up in prayer and asking God to give you strength eternally. God Bless!

Coach Ken & Mary Woods (Duluth,GA)


January 7, 2012

Chris, my condolences for the passing of your SOULMATE. My prayers will include you having a peace of mind, because this has been taxing on you. My BROTHER-IN-LAW was a great inspiration to me. I will alway treasure our relationship.

John & Liz Walker

January 7, 2012

Dearest Chris,

We are deeply saddened by Roscoe's passing. We'll always remember his kindness, beautiful smile and side-splitting sense of humor.

May your memories of the wonderful life you shared help console you during these difficult times and beyond. We love you.