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Jennifer Cook, RIC Professor, Dies in NY Truck Crash

She inspired "hundreds" of local teachers.

Jennifer Cook. Credit: Rhode Island College
Jennifer Cook. Credit: Rhode Island College
A Rhode Island College professor was killed after authorities said she was hit by a truck in New York.

Jennifer Cook, 43, died Friday in Syracuse, according to Syracuse.com.

Police said Cook was walking with her 72-year-old mother on East Genesee Street when a pickup truck swerved and struck the pair. Cook's mother, Barbara, was listed in serious condition Sunday at a nearby hospital, Syracuse.com reported.

The driver of the truck was 86-year-old James McDonald, police said. Authorities are investigating the crash.

Cook taught English and secondary education at Rhode Island College.

"Dr. Cook was a well-liked and well-respected member of the English Department and of the Educational Studies Department," said RIC President Nancy Carriuolo in a statement. "We all thought that Jenn, who was tenured a few years ago, had a long career ahead of her at Rhode Island College."

RIC English Department Chair Daniel Scott added, "Over the years, she inspired and trained hundreds of students who are now teachers in Rhode Island and around the country. That's a huge legacy."

Cook taught at RIC for 10 years. She's survived by her spouse, Moira Collins, an adjunct professor in the RIC English Department.
Cadre March 17, 2014 at 06:29 PM
Rest peacefully, Dr. Cook.
Lorene Kelman March 18, 2014 at 08:40 PM
I can't believe this is real! I am honored to have been mentored by Dr. Cook. Her death is a monumental loss to RIC, the education profession, and most especially, society in general. My condolences to her wife, family, friends, and the RIC community. RIP Dr. Cook.
Paul Corey March 20, 2014 at 10:26 AM
Great teacher a great loss for RIC!! In my thoughts and prayers!

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