Richard Thornton | May 1, 2017 | 2
Fred C. Cook, dedicated South Atlantic Coast archaeologist, passes away
Between 2006 and 2015, Archaeologist Fred C. Cook of Brunswick, GA was always delighted to help members of the People of One Fire with our many questions. He had dedicated his life to the study of the early history of the South Atlantic Coast and was always appreciative when others shared his love for the region. We will miss him. Fred, we are beating our drums for you this weekend.
What is even more remarkable is that he was fighting brain cancer throughout the time period that we relied on him for providing factual information about the Native Americans of the coast. I was completely shocked in late 2015, when he apologized that the cancer had grown so much in recent months that he would no longer be able to answer emails and phone calls.
The following is Fred’s official obituary:
Fred Cunningham Cook passed away at his home on Oak Grove Island on July 1, 2016 at the age of 74.
Fred was born in Brunswick, Ga on June 20, 1942. He graduated from Glynn Academy in 1962 and went on to earn degrees from Georgia Southern University, University of Georgia, and Florida State University.
Fred retired from classroom teaching in 2000, and continued his professional archaeology degree throughout his lifetime. He is best remembered for his coastal Georgia archaeological work which spanned over 50 years and resulted in several excavations in which he has published numerous professional journal articles and books. Fred was often referred to as the “Indiana Jones” of Coastal Georgia, and has met and enjoyed many close friendships with fellow archaeologist.
He enjoyed snow skiing, and spent the past 16 winters at his home on Beech Mountain N.C. In which he acquired a number of close friendships. He also enjoyed cruising, snorkeling each summer in the Florida Keys.
Fred is survived by his wife of 42 years, Maryann Cook. He is also remembered by three sons: Freddy Bruce, John Cook, and Brent Cook. His brothers and their wives: Arthur and Janice Cook of Brunswick, and George and Sally (Boyden) Cook if Santa Monica. In addition a number of cousins, nieces and nephews, and his in-laws Mary and Emmett Ezell of Cairo, GA.
A remembrance of life services will be held on Sunday, July 3, 2:00pm at Edo Miller Chapel. Family visitation will take place at the funeral home at 1:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Heartland Hospice 664 Scranton Road Suite 103, Brunswick, GA 31520.
Video of interview with Fred.
Most of you probably never met Fred. This video by Mary Ann Cook will introduce him to you.
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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history.Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.
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