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William Cook was associated with greatness.
  The late entrepreneur grew his business from creating catheters in a Bloomington, Indiana, apartment into the world's largest family-owned medical device manufacturer, Cook Inc.
  In 1985, he began the Star of Indiana drum and bugle corps that within six years would win the Drum Corps International Division I World Championship. This musical enterprise would then go on to the Broadway stage as the Tony Awardwinning show, Blast!
  His historic preservation efforts included the restoration of Southern Indiana's West Baden Springs Hotel, which brought Indiana's famed French Lick Resort back to life and earned Bill Cook recognition for saving one of the state's significant landmarks.
  "Bill truly epitomized the meaning of success," says Cook Group Chairman Steve Ferguson.
  William Cook left his legacy at Rose- Hulman as well. He provided a major philanthropic gift to the Vision to be the Best fundraising campaign, presented annual guest lectures, and supported the expansion of the life sciences on campus.
  Last year, a $500,000 donation from his son, Carl, established the William Alfred Cook Laboratory for Bioscience Research. Opening later this fall on the south side of Crapo Hall, the 1,350-square-foot facility will allow students to develop knowledge of the biological sciences through handson education in plant life.
  "My father was a cross-disciplinary inventor who used engineering technology to solve complex problems in the field of internal medicine," says Carl Cook, a member of Rose-Hulman's Board of Trustees. "Our family is proud to help advance this cross-disciplinary approach to learning and experimentation in the new William Alfred Cook Laboratory
william-cook for Bioscience Research. In this facility, students will explore the roles of biology, botany, chemistry, and engineering in finding solutions for complex problems."
  The laboratory was constructed with the help of several alumni-run companies, including Garmong Construction Services, and fabricated by the Winandy Greenhouse Company, led by Hank Doherty (CE, 1979). The lead structural engineer was Michael Waldbieser (CE, 1993).