The Central California Center for Excellence in Nursing hosted a birthday party for Florence Nightingale on May 12.
During that time, Andrew Hoff, dean of the College of Health and Human Services at California State University, Fresno, announced a bequest of more than $1 million from alumnus Air Force Col. Edwin J. Cook.
The College of Health and Human Services received this gift from Cooks estate to provide scholarships for nursing students.The Central California Center for Excellence in Nursing celebrates Florence Nightingales birthday on May 12.
Cook died May 7 after a 40-year military career.
The gift is in memory of Cooks first wife, Lt. Col. Elvera Lindholm Lindy Cook, a nurse who joined the Air Force in 1952. During the Vietnam War, she served as chief nurse of aeromedical evacuation and helped develop the protocol for seriously injured troops being transported by air. She died in 1991 and was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.Florence Nightingales birthday was celebrated May 12 with cake.
Our region has a critical need for qualified healthcare professionals, and this endowment will help address that need, Hoff said. The Cooks served their country honorably and left a lasting legacy that will make a difference to our students for many years to come.