Nonagenarian Bob Cook was the 64th recipient of The Salisbury Award at Wor-Wic Community College, the institution he helped found, on Friday.
Cook remains energetic and actively involved in the community, was informed about the honor in advance and asked by Mat Tilghman, chairman of the Salisbury Award Committee, where he would like the ceremony to be.
“I gave it some thought and decided because I am very close to Wor-Wic Community College and I am one of the founders, I would ask them if they would host it,” Cook told the Salisbury Independent.
Tilghman praised Cook for his many endeavors.
“It’s really amazing the things he’s been involved in. He’s a gentleman who has cared deeply about the City of Salisbury and the greater community of Wicomico County. For almost 50 years he’s made his life work improving this community,” Tilghman said.
Cook’s extensive resume extends back to his pre-teen years, when he first joined the Boy Scouts.
Cook worked as executive director of the Greater Salisbury Committee about 25 years. He’s a retired colonel who served in the U.S. Army at the end of World War II.
He helped establish the Community Foundation, was involved in resurrecting the flagging YMCA and was on the board of the Hudson Center, which offers aid to those struggling with substance abuse.