Brock mourns the loss of innovative Accounting Professor Gail Cook

Members of the Brock community and the Goodman School of Business are saddened to learn of the death of Gail Lynn Cook, an Associate Professor of Accounting, who has passed away on Sept. 7.

Cook joined Brock in 2000, teaching both undergraduate and graduate levels, with expertise in cost and managerial accounting, strategic cost management and accounting information systems. She was known for exploring innovative, flexible teaching and learning approaches, and in 2007 she and her colleague, Darlene Bay, were honoured by the Canadian Academic Accounting Association with the Howard Teall Innovation in Accounting Education Award.

Cook also served as Director of International Master of Accountancy Program from 2001-04, and was the Faculty Associate for Service-Learning from July 2013 to June 2015.

As a researcher, her work addressed questions about individual differences and decision making, and was published in numerous academic journals. She earned her Ph.D. in Business Administration, with a specialization in Accounting, from the University of Utah in 1990, and also held a CPA certificate in the United States.

Her family has shared the following notice with the Brock community:

“Gail Lynn Cook of Fonthill, Ontario died September 7, 2017. She passed suddenly due to unforeseen complications from the cancer impacting her brain and lungs. She was 61 and remained determined in her fight to survive to her last day. She is survived by her Husband of 39 years Stephen and her two daughters Jaclyn, 24 of New Westminster BC and Lindsey, 18 of Fonthill.

“Foremost Gail was a loving wife, a caring mother, and an unwavering best friend. Professionally she was an Associate Professor of Accounting in the Goodman School of Business at Brock University. Further details of her life can be found on the obituary pages hosted on the Pleasantview Funeral Home and Cemetery website.

“At her request, there will be no reception or funeral service. She preferred that everyone who knew her remember her as she lived and not as she died. Should you wish to make a memorial gift in Gail’s memory her family requests your support of the Canadian Cancer Society.”

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