Ray Cook, longtime WSU basketball team physician, championed Wichita State

Ray Cook

 Ray Cook

Ray Cook filled his life with his passions, and Wichita State University was prominent among them. A team doctor for the WSU basketball program for many years, he also was a strong supporter as a fan and financial booster.

   “Dr. Cook was a great friend and supporter of Shocker athletics,” said WSU Athletic Director Eric Sexton. “He was there to serve the best interests of the student-athlete first and foremost. I always will remember him as a great medical professional and supporter of Shocker athletics.”

   Cook, a family practice physician in Wichita for 38 years, died on Nov. 7, 2012, while vacationing with his wife, Elaine, in Greece. He was well known in Wichita for his regular appearances on TV and radio programs to answer medical questions. He also served for more than three decades on the teaching staff at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita.

   His faith was central to his life. He taught Bible study classes for more than 35 years and participated in several overseas missions.

   After retiring last year, he devoted himself to his family, especially his grandchildren.

   Cook was born on Nov. 16, 1942, in Alabama. He studied medicine at the University of Kansas and received his doctorate of medicine from the University of Kentucky.

   Cook is survived by Elaine; daughter Candi Brown of Spring Hill; son Chad Cook of Overland Park; and eight grandchildren.

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