Damn. I was just reading Marc Lynch's Abu Aardvark and learned that one of my Poli Sci professors has passed away:
Before I leave town I'd just like to note with great sorrow the passing of a friend, Tim Cook, after a year-long battle with brain cancer. Tim, who was my senior colleague at Williams until he left for LSU in 2002, was a brilliant scholar of the political role of the mass media. Our long conversations over coffee no doubt played a great role in shaping my evolving thoughts about the Arab media. More important, Tim was the kind of senior faculty member of which every junior faculty dreams: demanding of and living up to high academic standards, but unfailingly generous, supportive, open and excited to engage with new ideas. With his constant intellectual curiosity and his generosity of time, intellect, and spirit he will always be an inspirational role model to me, and to all the colleagues, students, and friends lucky enough to have known him and Jack over the years. He will be missed.
I had Professor Cook for a class on the US Presidency on route to my PoliSci BA from Williams. Professor Cook fundamentally impacted and shaped the way I view leadership and politicis to this day. Thank you, Professor Cook.