Langdon P. Cook L.H.D.'12, P'99, P'05

West Mountain Trustee

Oak Creek, Colo.

Child's Name and Class year: Whitney A. Cook '99; Frederick H. Cook '05

Why did your children choose Hobart and William Smith Colleges? HWS had a strong following at both Pomfret School from which Whit graduated and St. George’s School from which Fred graduated. Our sons also had good friends from Pomfret and St. George’s who were applying to HWS and they also had friends among the current HWS student body.

Why do you choose to volunteer for the Colleges? L. Thomas Melly '52, L.H.D. '02 strong armed me as we had worked together in several Greenwich, Conn. organizations and he insisted that my wife and I get involved. It was an easy sale as we already had a warm feeling about the Colleges from Whitney's experience there.

What makes the Colleges special? The working partnership that exists between the president, the faculty and administration, the students, the alumni and parents is, in my mind, unusually strong and supportive. This begins with an exceptional president who has the total respect and admiration of all constituencies. There is a cohesion- a commonality of purpose that makes for something of a family sense about HWS.

Why do you give to HWS? For the reasons outlined in the previous statement. The commitment that the president, faculty and administration make to ensure that a HWS education is a step towards a "Life of Consequence" is deserving of financial support from those impacted by that commitment. HWS creates and offers superb value to its constituents on a much narrower endowment base than peer institutions and we need to make that base stronger.

What are your goals as a Regional Network Volunteer? My primary focus will be on non-alumni parents—to encourage them to view themselves as "adopted alumni" of HWS.

What advice would you give to the parents of a prospective or incoming HWS student? To make as strong a commitment to HWS as their student children are making.


Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.