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Robert Andrew Cook was born in Santa Clara, California, on June 7, 1912. He was the second child born to Charles and Daisy Cook, joining his 10-year old sister, Mildred. When he was about 16 months old, his mother Daisy died in a complication of childbirth. The family of three moved to Toledo, Ohio. Several other moves followed.

Robert trusted Christ as Savior at six years of age. He was very bright and early on learned to read from his mothers Bible. He was also very mechanical and although he was hoping to one day own a car dealership, his father encouraged him to attend Moody Bible Insitutute. He was then only 16. At Moody, he sensed God's call on him to serve in the ministry. He often joked that he went from "grease pit to pulpit!"

From Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois he went to Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois and then to Eastern Baptist Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From the time he was in Wheaton College until after his seminary graduation, he served in the pastorate. He spent 18 years as a full-time pastor. He also taught Bible for a short time at Philadelphia College of Bible. He was married in 1935 to Coreen Nilsen. They later had three daughters.

In 1948 Dr. Cook left the pastorate to become the second President of Youth for Christ International. He was President for a period of ten years. Youth for Christ under his leadership began Youth for Christ high school Bible Clubs, and the organization became international in its scope.

In 1957 he began as Vice President of Scripture Press in Wheaton, Illinois. There he learned the power of the printed page.

In 1962 Dr. Cook accepted the Presidency of The King's College in Briarcliff Manor, New York. In his twenty-three years as president, the college grew, became accredited and had a major impact on hundreds of young people. In 1963 he started "The King's Hour" radio broadcast. Dr. Cook retired from the Presidency in 1985, and was Chancellor of the college until his death in 1991.

Dr. Cook held many distinguished offices and was presented many prestigious awards. Among them, he was President of the National Association of Evangelicals, and President and then Executive Director of the National Religious Broadcasters. He was given the Heritage Foundation Award, was bestowed honorary doctorates and received honors from a number of colleges and community organizations. He was locally involved and respected in the community, and was a special patrolman on the police force and chaplain for the Briarcliff Manor, New York firemen.

Dr. Cook was also a gifted writer. His most popular book, "Now That I Believe" has been translated into 27 languages. This paperback book, dealing with the basics of the Christian life, has sold more than 1,000,000 copies. He has also written the daily devotional book, "Today With The King", and the book, "Walk With The King Today", which is a compilation of some of his booklets.

Writer, pastor, evangelist and administrator, Dr. Robert Cook combined his many talents to serve his precious Lord and Savior. What most people remember about him is that he was loved. He was an encourager and eminently approachable. He was at home with presidents and everyday people. His voice over the airwaves carried the sound of his gentle manner and encouraging words. No wonder people we meet still exclaim, "I just love Dr. Cook!"