Words to the wise
Cook, who “couldn’t resist a scientific lecture” at the place of his continued academic leadership, called all those present to keep in mind the principles of conservation in the short time the current generation has to preserve future environmental safety on a local and global scale.
“The greatest honor is to be among friends like all of you,” he said. “You’re going to need these principles to teach the future what it means to have sustainability. The Earth is running low on its savings account. Future generations will either thank us or damn us based on what we do.”
Despite all he felt is at stake in the current environmental state of the world, Cook took solace in the supporters before him.
“This makes me hopeful,” he said. “This building makes me hopeful.”
After remarks, the speakers and guests left for a dinner reception at Schultz Hall featuring locally grown foods and guest speaker Sir Peter Crane, former director of the Field Museum in Chicago ad Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale.
As supporters and friends of Allegheny College exited through the lobby, they passed its crowning sculpture; a recycled metal and glass piece by Pittsburgh artist Jan Loney, who compiled materials reclaimed from Carr Hall’s renovations and various scrapyards and takes the shape of concentric circles, which can represent biological and astronomical themes from ripples on water to planetary orbits.
“It’s another piece that just stunned me at how beautiful it is,” said Cook.
“We couldn’t be prouder to honor him in this way,” said Taylor. “His is a deserved legacy for what he meant, accomplished and committed to Allegheny college. We’re proud he and his lovely wife Terry were able to come back to see the realization of his dream.”
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