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Loraine Cook
Regents' Proceedings 993

Loraine Cook

Ph.D.

1964

1987

Professor Emerita of Social Work

Regents’ Proceedings, January 1987, Page 993

Loraine M. Cook, Professor of Social Work, retired from active faculty status on December 31, 1986, after 22 years of service to The University of Michigan.

Professor Cook received her A.B. degree in 1949 and her M.S.W. degree in 1953, both from The University of Michigan. She joined the University of Michigan faculty as an associate professor in 1964, received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Chicago in 1968, and was promoted to professor of social work in 1969.

Professor Cook was known as one of the most distinguished teachers in the areas of interpersonal practice and human behavior and the social environment. She assumed a leadership role in the development of new courses, and was a leading member of the curriculum committee in the School of Social Work.

Known as an inspiring teacher, she commanded the respect of both students and colleagues. Her research and publications focused on clinical practice and the relationship between social work and the law. In her roles as divisional coordinator for interpersonal practice and head of the casework program, Professor Cook was an excellent advisor and liaison to social service agencies. Her retirement marks the departure of an outstanding scholar and social work practitioner.

The Regents now salute this distinguished faculty member by naming Loraine M. Cook Professor Emerita of Social Work.

Bio - The History of Social Work - Fellin

Loraine Cook joined the faculty as an associate professor, giving leadership to the social casework program and the interpersonal practice division of the curriculum. Having obtained B.A. and M.S.W. degrees at Michigan, Cook completed her Ph.D. degree at the University of Chicago. Prior to coming to Michigan, Cook had been director of social services at Kalamazoo State Hospital and assistant professor of social work at State University of New York at Buffalo. Cook was promoted to full professor in 1969, retiring in 1986 after twenty-two years of service to the university. In naming her professor emeritus, the regents noted, "Professor Cook was known as one of the most distinguished teachers in the areas of interpersonal practice and human behavior and the social environment. She assumed a leadership role in the development of new courses, and was a leading member of the Curriculum Committee in the School of Social Work. . . . In her roles as divisional coordinator for interpersonal practice and head of the casework program, Professor Cook was an excellent advisor and liaison to social service agencies" (Board of Regents, 1987).