Professor Emeritus of Theatre Arts Jack Cook, who taught at SF State from 1954 to 1982, passed away on Feb. 19. He was 89. Cook's achievements included: starting the still thriving Brown Bag Theatre in the Theatre Arts Department, "Shakespeare at the Legion" (of Honor Museum) and the Summer Stock Theatre at SF State and Shasta College in Redding. He was also a mime prodigy of Marcel Marceau in Paris, France, directed countless musicals and plays at SF State and was a skilled costumer and set designer. His many successful students include actors and directors working in film, television and on the stage, both on- and off-Broadway, such as Annette Bening, Teri Ralston, Michael McShane and Dan Sullivan.
In retirement, he directed a number of plays for the Rossmoor/Walnut Creek community, where he lived. Cook was a compassionate guide and inspired teacher, highly respected and much adored by faculty and students alike.