In a special meeting Thursday, July 20, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recognized Tony Cook for his service to the community of Fayette.
To realize how much Cook has impacted the community and surrounding area, one has only to spend a few minutes with him in public. There are few in the county who do not know Cook, having met him in one capacity or another. He and his wife, Lisa, have become vital members of Howard County, volunteering and participating in multiple organizations, causes, and events.
Dee Woodward, DAR Regent of the Howard County Chapter, presented Cook with the Certificate of Award for Excellence in Community Service. Her bio of Cook follows:
Born in St. Louis, our honoree received his BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) from the University of Missouri School of Nursing in 1981. While working at Lucy Lee Hospital in Poplar Bluff, he met his lovely wife, Lisa. They were married in 1984. He received his MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) and FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner) training at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1986. Tony and Lisa became proud parents of their son, Tyler, who was born in Durham in 1985. After practicing at Carle Clinic in Urbana, Ill. for eight years, he joined the University of Missouri Department of Family and Community Medicine as a primary care nurse practitioner at the Fayette Medical Clinic in 1994. He retired June 28, 2017.
Tony has been an active member of the Fayette First Christian Church, serving on the church board of directors, as chair of Outreach Committee (responsible for Fayette Community Christmas Dinner since 2015) and as a member of the choir.
He is President of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Howard County Library; served on the Endless Options, Inc., Board of Directors; served many years as Fayette Cub Scout Pack 62 Cub Master; followed by Fayette Boy Scout Troop 62 Assistant Scout Master. He is a founding member and President of the Howard County Health and Wellness Council and manages the Fayette Community Garden. For twelve years he served as a medical support provider for Fayette High School JV and Varsity football. He is a member of the Fayette Optimists. He and Lisa were Grand Marshals for the 2017 July 4th parade.
He enjoys gardening and landscaping, reading, cycling the Katy Trail, walking at Ricketts Lake with Lisa, playing disc golf, cooking, and baking.
Cook says when his interview for the University Healthcare System brought him to Fayette as prospective staff, he immediately fell in love with the town. He noted the opportunities to participate in the community is part of what attracted he and Lisa to Fayette. “If you want to make a difference, you can do that here.” Tony and Lisa have done just that. Their community participation has made lasting changes to the area and their mark on Howard County history.
Fayette and Howard County are fortunate that the Cooks chose to make a difference here.