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In Memory of
Laurie Beth Cook
December 7, 1969 - June 7, 2020

Dr. Laurie Cook, 50, of Westerville, Ohio passed away peacefully in the presence of her long-term partner, Mitch McGaw, and close family, on June 7 th , 2020 following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Laurie was employed as an Associate Professor Clinical at the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. She began her career at Ohio State as an Assistant Professor in July of 2011 in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences after several years in private specialty practice in Maine. On her path to Ohio State, Laurie graduated from Waterville High School (Waterville, Maine) in 1988. She completed her degree in Animal & Veterinary Sciences from the University of Maine in 1994, and earned her DVM degree from Texas A&M University in 1998. Laurie completed her residency there after finishing an internship at the University of Illinois. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine- Neurology in June of 2003.

Laurie was active in multiple research projects as a co-investigator and was known for her collaboration, collegiality, infectious smile, and her positive can-do attitude, regardless of the health challenges that she faced daily over the past several years. She was admired as an excellent teacher with exceptional student evaluations of instruction and advised numerous residents. She was also active in the colleges outreach program, giving multiple continuing education presentations to referring veterinarians and television interviews for local news outlets. She epitomized and lived the principles and values of her profession, including excellence, integrity, personal accountability, diversity in people and ideas, innovation, transparency and trust, collaboration, empathy and compassion.

Laurie was a proud mom to the best horse in the world (Dimitri), the worlds most perfect beagle (Jack), and the worlds most exceptional cat (Miss Olive). Her collection of fun socks had no limit, and she was always quick with a witty response or funny observation that could ease tensions even in the most challenging of situations. She and Mitch enjoyed watching favorite movies together, entertaining on their deck, taking cruises and exploring new vacation spots, and spending time with their family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Marcia Fuller Cook. She is survived by her long term partner, Mitch McGaw of Westerville, Ohio; her father Keith Cook, of Gorham, Maine; her brothers Scott Cook and wife Megan Landry of Gorham, Maine and Michael Cook of Centreville, Virginia; nieces Rebecca Cook of Waterville, Maine and Isabelle Cook of Gorham, Maine, and nephews Carter Landry of Gorham, Maine, Sean Cook of Waterville, Maine and Bryant Taylor of Buxton, Maine. She was also adored by countless aunts, uncles and cousins.

Lauries natural warmth, easy sense of humor and caring personality made her a beloved presence in many lives. She was an exceptional person who many were honored to have known. She was loved, admired and respected by all, and will be dearly missed and never forgotten. Because of Covid 19 restrictions there will not be a traditional funeral service at this time but will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Cancer Society.


Sarah Harms

Jun 12, 2020

Dear Cook Family, I share your deep sorry at the loss of Laurie. I was privilege to be able to call her my friend. We shared our passion for horses, travel, and time spent laughing and enjoying meals together with friends. I am so fortunate to have shared a trip to Poland and Austria with her to see the Lipizzans at the Spanish Riding School. She also let me ride with her on my second Pelotonia. She was doing the 45 mile route but I was only doing 25, so we shared the 25 mile leg together - talking and laughing the entire trip! I just wish she had moved to Ohio sooner so that I could have had even more time with her. The world has lost a bright star and I have lost a very dear friend. God bless her and God bless all of you. Sarah