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Soil and Water Conservation Society honors Dr. Maurice Cook

Maurice Cook

Dr. Maurice G. Cook, soil science professor emeritus in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has been honored as the 2006 recipient the Hugh Hammond Bennett Award, the highest award given by the Soil and Water Conservation Society. Cook, the first North Carolinian to receive the award, was recognized for his distinguished service and national and international accomplishments in the conservation of soil, water and related natural resources. Cook was named the Bennett Award winner at the SWCS's national meeting in Colorado last July. In January, he was honored locally at a reception hosted by the SWCS at the Wake County Extension Center.

During his career, Cook has served as CALS professor of soil science, director of the North Carolina Division of Soil and Water Conservation, staff member of N.C. Gov. James B. Hunt Jr. and as a volunteer locally and abroad. He was 1986-1987 president of the SWCS.

Cook also is author of a biography of Dr. Hugh Hammond Bennett, one of the founders of the SWCS and namesake of the award Cook won and of the local SWCS chapter.

- Terri Leith