Orrin Stuart Cook

Oct 30, 1924 - Jan 20, 2014


COOK, Orrin Stuart, MD
A 3rd generation San Franciscan, Orrin Cook was born on October 30th, 1924 and passed away on January 20th, 2014. Orrin attended elementary schools in San Francisco, Sacra- mento, Honolulu, and the Philippines and graduated from Grant Union High School in Sacramento. Orrin followed in his father’s footsteps to UC Berkeley, where he played rugby, was a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity, and met the love of his life, Shirley Jane Larson, whom he married in 1946. He completed medical school and internship at UCSF School of Medicine and a General Surgery residency at Mt. Sinai in New York. He was ordered to active duty by the US Navy and sent to Mare Island. After being released from the service, Orrin moved to Sacramento to begin a General Surgery private practice. In 1956 he went back to UCSF for a 2 year Plastic Surgery residency.
Orrin chose to make Sacramento his permanent home and had a very successful private practice. He served as Chief of Plastic Surgery and Chief of Staff at Sutter Community Hospitals, President of Sacramento-El Dorado County Medical Society, member of the California State Board of Health and Advisory Council, and a delegate counselor to the California Medical Association. He volunteered his services at the old County Hospital, California Youth Authority, and helped teach students and residents from UC Davis Medical School and its affiliated hospital in Sacramento. He traveled to Central America twice for medical missions. In 1983, Sutter Hospitals asked Orrin to become Vice President of Medical Affairs and he retired from private practice. After 8 years in this administrative position, he became Physician Liaison between Sutter and its outside hospitals, surgery centers, and nursing homes. Governor Wilson appointed Orrin to the State Board of Nursing Home Administrators where he later became Chairman. He finally retired from medicine in 1996.

Orrin was an active member of his community and was very involved in the Camellia Festival (president), Republican State Central Committee, American Cancer Society (president), Boy Scouts of America (leader for 3 years), the Crocker Art Museum, the YMCA and Sacramento’s Downtown Rotary, where he received the honor of Paul Harris Fellow. He was past Director of the Sacramento Chamber of Commerce and the Salvation Army Board of Trustees, and was past President of the Golden Empire Regional Comprehensive Health Planning Council. He was a member of the founding board of Methodist Hospital. Orrin was an active member of Del Paso Country Club, Sacramento Pioneer Association and the Sacramento Symphony League. Orrin served on the board of United First Methodist Church, as an elder at Fremont Presbyterian Church, and was an active participant in the Cursillo Movement. Orrin was very proud of his Scottish heritage and playing the bag-pipes was a big part of his life. He was a member of the MacArthur, Army Reserve, Cameron, Shrine, and White Hackle pipe bands playing in parades, the Camellia festival and various Scottish Games.

In his personal life, Orrin was a passionate bridge player and belonged to multiple bridge clubs. He was only a few points away from being a life master. Orrin was a travel enthusiast, enjoying many car/camping vacations, backpacking expeditions, cruises, and multiple trips abroad. He had a special love for Hawaii. Orrin and Shirley committed to taking each of their grandchildren on a trip of their own choosing when they reached the age of 13. They built a family retreat home at Sea Ranch in 1976. Orrin was devoted crossword ‘puzzler,’ Forty Niners, San Francisco Giants, and Cal Bears fan. He was an avid reader.

Above all, Orrin loved his family and was devoted to them. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley and is survived by his 3 children, Orrin Douglas of Novato, James Stuart of Springfield, Oregon, and Catherine Holdener of Sacramento. He was a loving father-in-law to Anna Cook, Jane Cook, and Bart Holdener. He cherished his grandchildren Emily Cook Darawish and husband Sam, Orrin Christopher Cook and wife Lillian, William Harvey Cook, Matthew David Holdener and Jennifer Bliss Holdener and his great grandchildren Caroline Cook, Nadia and Zaid Darawish.

A memorial celebration of his life will be held on February 1, 2014 at 4 p.m. at Fremont Presbyterian Church, 5770 Carlson Drive, Sacramento, CA 95819. Burial services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to Rotaplast International, Fremont Presbyterian Church, or the charity of choice . Arrangements are through Harry A. Nauman and Son Funeral Chapel.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Jan. 31, 2014

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