Marian Miner Cook W’29

Marian Miner Cook Founder and Chair, John Brown Cook Foundation, Indian Wells, CA

Board Member: Elected 1984-1996, Emeritus 1997-current

B.A. Northwestern University

Marian Miner Cook is founder of the John Brown Cook Foundation, named for her late husband, a 1929 Dartmouth graduate who was President and Chairman of the Board of Reliable Electric Company of Chicago, Illinois. The Cook Engineering Design Center at Thayer School was endowed by her in 1979 in memory of her husband. She has two children, Cia Kersan Devan and Gregory Cook D'69, Th'70, and two Dartmouth granddaughters, Wallis D'95 and Kirby D'98.

Mrs. Cook is a founding member of the Music Center and the Museum for Art in Los Angeles and has provided endowments for the construction of the La Brea Story Theater in the George C. Page Museum Complex in Los Angeles. She is a former director of the California State University Foundation, a former director of the Institute of Nautical Archeology, and an Honorary Lifetime Trustee of Claremont McKenna College, which presented her with a Doctor of Humane Letters.

Mrs. Cook was named a Sylvanus Thayer Fellow in 1980 and received the Robert Fletcher Award in 1982.