WAYNE, Neb. -- Thomas "Tom" Cook, 66, of Wayne died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, at Providence Medical Center in Wayne.
Memorial services will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, at First United Methodist Church in Wayne, with the Rev. Doyle Burbank-Williams officiating.
Memorial services also will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at First Unitarian Church, 2508 Jackson St., Sioux City, with the Rev. Kent Matthies of Germantown Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, Pa., officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Elmwood Cemetery, Waterloo, Iowa. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are under the direction of Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne.
Thomas "Tom" was born Aug. 23, 1943, in Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from Fargo High School in 1961, and from Carleton College in 1965. He received a master's degree in philosophy of science from Princeton University in 1968, and a Ph.D. in history and philosophy of science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1976. He received a master's degree in criminal justice from the University of South Carolina in 1981.
He married Patricia Leavitt in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on April 8, 1972. He taught at Coe College in Iowa from 1968-71, at UNC-Charlotte from 1973-79, at community colleges in North Carolina and Virginia prior to teaching criminal justice at Wayne State College from 1990-2006. He took leaves of absence from WSC to teach Oral English with his wife, Pat at Hangzhou University 1998-99 and Changsha University 2001-2002 and Spring 2005 on Mainland China.
Beginning in 1990 he was active for years at First Unitarian Church of Sioux City and the Wayne Lions Club. Pat and Tom performed together regularly in Northeast Nebraska nursing homes and senior centers doing music gigs. They taught nearly one thousand people to do Couples Country and Ballroom Dancing 1989-94. They were "karaoke stars" in Las Vegas during the winters of 2007-08-09.
Tom is survived by his wife, Pat; a sister, Mary Cook Gervais (Marty) of Breckenridge, Colo.; and nephews, Will (Drew) Gervais of Vancouver, B.C., and Jack (Nicole) Gervais of Portland, Me.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Carolyn (Hyde) and Kenneth Cook. His father was a minister in the United Church of Christ for 25 years.
Memorials may be directed to Wayne State College Foundation, Nebraska Lions Foundation, Northeast Nebraska Chapter of the American Red Cross or First Unitarian Church of Sioux City.