Longview doctor who devoted life to service dies of cancer

Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 7:08pm

Longview, TX — For the past two years, Byron “Biff” F. Cook was living on borrowed time, but he extended his life as long as possible for his family and his passion for helping people.

Cook, 62, of Longview died Tuesday after a nearly two-year bout with cancer.

He was on the medical staff at Good Shepherd Medical Center since May 1982. He also served several years on the medical staff’s Patient Care Committee and Surgical Services Executive Committee and became director of the Wound Care Unit in June 1998. He served as the director of the Center for Advanced Wound Healing since it opened three years ago.

Cook focused much of his life on healing others even when he became sick. He was diagnosed with cancer in May 2009 after becoming ill in Oaxaca, Mexico, on a family vacation.

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