John William Cook

November 15, 1929September 1, 2020

John William Cook, professor emeritus of accountancy at Georgia State University, passed away on September 1, 2020. The son of Virginia Ireland and John Henry Cook, he was born on November 15, 1929 in Birmingham, Alabama. He obtained a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate from the University of Alabama. He is survived by his wife of sixty-four years, the former Beverly Bush, and his daughter, Laura of Suwanee, his son, Alan of Austin, Texas, his son, Philip and wife Kim of Moscow, Idaho and their family. In addition to teaching at Georgia State University for thirty-six years, Dr. Cook was active in the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants, having served as president in 1987-1988. He was awarded Accounting Educator of the Year, and Meritorious Service Award, the highest award from that organization. Also, he was involved with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, having served on the committee responsible for formulating the CPA exam. For more than forty years he was an active member of Briarcliff United Methodist Church until it closed in 2018. His current membership is at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. Graveside services will take place on Friday, September 4, at Floral Hills Cemetery. Because of current pandemic conditions, a memorial service will take place later in the year. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the John W. Cook Scholarship at Georgia State University Foundation or the Educational Foundation of the Georgia Society of CPAs.


  • Burial Service

    Friday, September 4, 2020


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Bill Fant

September 3, 2020

I didn't know Mr. Cook, but I do know his son Alan. In 1975 he and I enrolled in college together. I've always been fond of Alan, I am from the South too. I'm saddened by his loss of such a great man.

Gene Berry

September 3, 2020

My sincere condolences to Beverly and family. John Cook was a Southern Gentleman. A man well respected by his Georgia State Colleagues as well as hundreds of accountants across Georgia. He brought me to GSU in 1977 and I have been and will be eternally grateful. He had a long rewarding life and he enjoyed it to the hilt. He and Beverly were world travelers. I admired him for that. He and Beverly traveled until he could not physically do it anymore. God Speed John. You had one heck of a life!

Marsha Moore

September 3, 2020

Dear Beverly and family
I was so sad to hear of John’s passing. I always had great respect for him and you as well. You both meant so much to me at Braircliff and always treated me with much kindness. You and your children are in my prayers. God bless
Marsha Moore

Jim Harden

September 3, 2020

Saddened to hear of Mr. Cook's passing. He and Mrs. Cook raised very fine children that we grew up with, Alan in my grade.

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