Larry Cook '65 (Business Administration)

Alumnus receives President's Medal

Larry Cook

Former Sac State Alumni Association president Larry Cook was awarded the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service. Cook received the honor at spring commencement ceremonies in May of 2010.

“This award recognizes outstanding service to our University, and as we celebrate Destination 2010, it is fitting that we honor these individuals,” says Sac State President Alexander Gonzalez. “Without them, some of our greatest initiatives would not have been possible.”

For more than 40 years, Cook has been a devoted Sac State supporter and volunteer. He has been called a “bold and tireless advocate for the University in the business community.”

Cook, chief operating officer for Airco Mechanical Inc.—the largest commercial mechanical contractor in the Sacramento area—was a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors for many years and served as president in 2004-05.

Cook says he was proud to receive the award. He’s enjoyed watching the improvements that have been going on at the University and wanted to be a part of it.

“I just tried to do whatever I could to help out over at the University,” he says. “I got a great education there which I put to use immediately upon graduating, and it served me well for my whole career.”

Cook has served on the President’s Executive Committee to raise support for the Eli and Edythe Broad Fieldhouse and was instrumental in securing a major donation from the Sacramento Builders Exchange to name the Head Track Coach’s Office.

The President’s Medal is given by President Gonzalez to individuals who have provided leadership and support to Sacramento State. The honors for Cook and Maxwell are only the fifth and sixth medals the President has awarded during his tenure.

This article was originally published in the Summer 2010 edition of Torchlight.