July 18, 1934 ~ August 3, 2019

Born in: Lead, South Dakota
Resided in: Denver, Colorado

Vincent N. Cook July 18, 1934 -August 3, 2019
Vincent was born in Lead, South Dakota. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Kathleen and their three children; Vincent Jr. (Michele) of Westminster, Colorado, Mary Therese Chacho (Michael) of Golden, CO and Michael (Catherine) of San Jose, CA as well as seven grandchildren.

He attended the University of Alabama, American University and Harvard Business School where he earned a Master’s in Operation Research and an Executive MBA. He served in the USAF. Vince was first employed by NSA followed by a 30 year career at IBM, retiring as an IBM corporate officer. He was then employed by SAIC where he served as Vice Chairman of International Operations.

During the course of his career, he served on the Defense Science Board, the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Council under President Reagan, the US Drug Enforcement Agency -Technology Council, and was a Commissioner of Science and Technology in the state of Colorado.

As a strong volunteer and community advocate, Vince was awarded the NASA pubic service medal, the American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics fellow, the Pope John Paul II PRO ECCLECIA ET PONTIFICE, the International Nights of Malta, and the Gerald R. Ford Beaver Creek Citizen of the Year.

Vince died peacefully under the care of Denver Hospice in his home surrounded by family after fighting cancer courageously for over 20 years. He left us with a million sweet memories of a life filled with achievement and adventure, love and loyalty, friendship and family. He was a role model not only to his children and grandchildren, but to so many others that he took under his wing. He will be missed always.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Denver Hospice and the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Most Precious Blood Church.
Funeral services are to be held at Most Precious Blood Church in Denver on August 16, 2019 @ 10:00 am.


Funeral Service: August 16, 2019 10:00 am

Most Precious Blood Catholic Church
2250 S Harrison St.
Denver, CO 80210


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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Vincent Nicholas Cook's name.

Denver Hospice

8299 E. Lowry Boulevard
Denver, CO 80230
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Saint Vincent de Paul Society of the Most Precious Blood Church

3959 E Iliff Avenue
Denver, CO 80210

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  1. Vince and his entire family are in my thoughts and prayers. I had the honor and pleasure of working with him for many years at IBM.

  2. Kathy,
    My heart breaks to hear of Vince’s passing. Brenda and I send our love, prayers, and tender feelings to you and your family.
    Vince was one of the two most influential people in mentoring me in my business career. He was also there for our family at a time when help was desperately needed. That sums him up, a great leader, a great humanitarian, a great friend, a great man.
    Jim and Brenda Long

  3. Kathy,
    I was so sorry to hear about Vince. I don’t know if you will remember me but I was Vince’s Secretary at FSD HQ in Bethesda, Md. when he was President of the Federal Systems Division. He was a great person to work for – so thoughtful and caring. My sincere sympathy to you as well as your entire family.

    Jeanne Westcott
    Delray Beach, Florida

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