Dr. Pa­tri­cia Otis Cook

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Dr. Pa­tri­cia Otis Cook, 74, of Darien, CT, passed away peace­fully on May 15, 2018 fol­low­ing com­pli­ca­tions of pan­cre­atic cancer. Dr. Cook was an ex­ceed­ingly well-re­garded clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist and neu­ropsy­chol­o­gist who served the com­mu­nity over an as­tound­ing 43 years of prac­tice at her of­fices in Darien and Bridge­port. She was a bril­liant, lov­ing mother and beloved grand­mother.

Pa­tri­cia was born in Syra­cuse, NY to Charles Robert Otis, Jr. and He­len McNeill Otis; a star stu­dent, she was vale­dic­to­rian of her high school and a daz­zling pi­anist. She then moved to Cam­bridge, MA to at­tend Rad­cliffe; she grad­u­ated Magna Cum Laude in 1965 with a B.A. in So­cial Re­la­tions, then in 1967 re­ceived her M.Ed. in School Psy­chol­ogy and her Ed.D. in Coun­sel­ing Psy­chol­ogy in 1970. Although she com­pleted her pre- and post-doc­toral in­tern­ships at Yale, all three of her de­grees were from Har­vard Univer­sity.

Dr. Cook’s ca­reer was one of tremen­dous pro­fes­sional dis­tinc­tion. In her pri­vate prac­tice, she spe­cial­ized in in­di­vid­ual and cou­ples ther­apy and made an enor­mous yet quiet con­tri­bu­tion to the lives of count­less Fair­field County cit­i­zens. As a con­sult­ing psy­chol­o­gist for the Stam­ford Po­lice Depart­ment and for the Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions’s Norwalk N.E.O.N. pro­gram over many years, she self­lessly served the needs of those on all sides of the law.

Dr. Cook was a life mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Psy­cho­log­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, a fel­low of the Con­necti­cut Psy­cho­log­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, and ad­junct fac­ulty for the Depart­ment of Psy­chi­a­try at St. Vin­cent’s Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Bridge­port, CT. Ever the stu­dent, Dr. Cook pur­sued post­grad­u­ate train­ing in neu­ropsy­chol­ogy at the Field­ing In­sti­tute of NYU, ob­tain­ing her cer­tifi­cate in neu­ropsy­chol­ogy in 2000.

Pa­tri­cia’s sharp in­tel­lect was no ac­ci­dent; she had a tire­less work ethic and was an avid reader, both traits she passed on to her chil­dren (who might describe their mother ad­di­tion­ally as a feisty gram­mar­ian and arm­chair lex­i­cog­ra­pher). She trav­eled in­creas­ingly in her later years, vis­it­ing huge swathes of Europe and parts of Cen­tral Amer­ica, though no one would ac­cuse her of be­ing an ad­ven­tur­ous eater.

Pa­tri­cia is sur­vived by her daugh­ter Mered­ith (Lan­der), son-in-law Ian, and their daugh­ter El­iz­a­beth of Trum­bull; her son Justin and daugh­ter-in­law Holly of Port­land, Ore­gon, and their chil­dren Wrigley and Wy­att.

There will be vis­it­ing hours at Ed­ward Lawrence Funeral Home in Darien on Fri­day, May 25, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Fam­ily, friends, and any­one else whose lives have been touched by Dr. Cook are in­vited to join us for a celebration of her life on Satur­day, May 26, 2018 at St. Luke’s Church in Darien at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flow­ers the fam­ily re­quests that dona­tions be made to Post 53, P. O. Box 2066, Darien, CT 06820, Per­son-toPer­son, 1864 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820 or the Lust­garten Foun­da­tion for Pan­cre­atic Cancer Re­search, 415 Cross­way Park Drive, Suite D, Wood­bury, NY 11798. www.lawrence­fu­ner­al­home.com

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