Cook began his career in the YMCA in 1887, when he was hired as the General Secretary at the Armory Hill YMCA branch in Springfield, Massachusetts. Upon graduating from the YMCA Training School in 1889, Cook held the position of Assistant State Secretary for Massachusetts and Rhode Island from 1890 to 1891. From 1892 to 1893, he was the YMCA State Secretary of Connecticut, and from 1894 to 1901, he served as the General Secretary at the facility in Bridgeport, Conn. From 1902 to 1907, Cook was the YMCA State Secretary of New York. From 1909 until his retirement on June 1, 1924, he served as General Secretary to the YMCA facility in Brooklyn, New York. He died November 2, 1948. He is also considered to be one of the founders of the library at Springfield College. He was the one that helped collect the money that first started the library!
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