UW-Madison animal science professor Mark Cook dies at 61

UW-Madison animal science professor Mark Cook dies at 61

Mark Cook, an animal science professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, died at home this week from cancer complications, according to a news release from the university.

Cook was a scientist, entrepreneur and educator. He had 20 patents, three startup companies and a record of involvement at the university.

“Mark was a distinguished scientist, with a remarkable commitment to innovation and technology transfer,” said Kathryn VandenBosch, dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. “His work embodied the Wisconsin Idea, seeking advances and solutions in the areas of health and agriculture. He was also a man of integrity, who felt a deep sense of service and commitment to his students, colleagues and the university. He will be greatly missed.”

Cook is survived by his wife, Ellen, described as “the love of my life” in a parting letter to friends and colleagues, and by three children, Lynn, LeighAnn and Crague, and their families, according to the news release.