John Cook earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1942. Following graduation, he served as a lieutenant in the Navy. He then went to work for Wright Aeronautical Corporation as a Production Engineer, and Checker Motors and Fisher Body Division, GMC, in the Automotive Body Engineering areas. He became Vice President of Operations for Wolverine Brass Works after working in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Conway, South Carolina, plants. His experience has been mainly in manufacturing, supervisory and management positions. Cook moved to Chicago Faucet in 1976, was named president of the company in 1981 and chairman in 1986. He has since retired, but continues to serve on the Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Wolverine Brass Works.
He has served on the boards of a number of organizations, including Central DuPage Hospital, Pine Rest Hospital, the Indian River Shores Residence Association, and the Producers Advisory Forum. He is a member of the Michigan Tech Deans and Founders Clubs and was a Century II Campaign volunteer.
From 1996 Induction to the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Academy