Dr. Cook was a gentleman.
Think how rare such a simple description must be.
He was as gracious to the person serving the table as he was to the honored guest. Once I saw him, when he could not know I was watching, grow quietly mournful when he heard a student was suffering. Biola is a big place and such compassion in a leader of a major educational institution is perhaps more talking about than seen.
I saw it in Dr. Cook.
He was willing, perhaps too willing, to give others the credit for the major initiatives of his presidency, but he was the steady hand that made any initiative possible. He was not a self-promoter, but a Christ-honoring man.
If Moses was the meekest man who ever lived, then Dr. Cook as I knew him was surely of his kind. Mercy without weakness is rare, but he had both.