Volume 38, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Members of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and guests, I am pleased to have the opportunity to introduce Joseph A. Cook, President of our Society. I have known Joe Cook for almost 18 years. During this time I have learned from him, worked with him, and philosophized with him, while watching him progress through several different professional roles.

Joe did not give me much prior notice regarding this introduction. I believe this was done deliberately. Thus, I have not had time to collect embarrassing old photographs and maudlin quotes from his high school teachers. But, Joe went to medical school at Vanderbilt University, and several of his old classmates are faculty colleagues of mine. This has given me the opportunity to try to dig up a little dirt to tell you about Joe. Unfortunately, the most I could get from anyone was: “Sure, I remember him. He was always such a nice guy.”


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