Joe B. and Louise Cook Professorship in Mathematics
Louise Patterson was born in Malvern, Arkansas. In 1923, as valedictorian of her graduating class, she received a tuition scholarship to the University of Arkansas. Though she had received a generous scholarship, Louise’s family could not afford the other expenses associated with attending the university. Just months before Louise was to leave for college, her mother, a piano teacher, had to sell the family piano to buy the fabric to make Louise’s white graduation dress.
Louise was never able to attend college. Because of her disappointment, she decided to help others by endowing scholarships and professorships at various colleges and universities. Along with the Joe B. and Louise Cook Professorship in Mathematics, Mrs. Cook and her late husband Joe endowed the Joe B. Cook Professorship in Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Louise Patterson Cook passed away in 1989.