March 1, 1934
Evansville, Indiana, U.S.
(m. 1957; died 2011)
Gayle Cook (née Karch, born March 1, 1934)) is an American businesswoman who in 1963 co-founded the Cook Group, a medical equipment manufacturing company, with her husband William Cook. In 2014, her net worth was estimated at US$5.8 billion.
Gayle Karch was born on March 1, 1934 in Evansville, Indiana, the daughter of Arthur and Thelma Karch. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Indiana University in 1956 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts.
Cook has made charitable contributions to her alma mater, Indiana University, and serves on the board of the Indiana University Foundation. She received the Gertrude Rich Award in 1983 an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 1993, both from Indiana University.
She and her husband have funded the restoration of many historic buildings, mainly in southern Indiana, including 40 that appear on the National Register of Historic Places. She is a co-founder of the Monroe County Historical Society Museum, a member of the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, and a Landmark member of The Nature Conservancy.
Gayle Cook was married to William Cook from 1957 until his death in 2011. Their son, Carl Cook, succeeded William as CEO upon the latter's death. She also has a granddaughter. She has coauthored two books on local landmarks, A Guide to Southern Indiana (1972, with William Cook) and Monroe County in Focus (1990, with Diana Hawes and Will Counts).
- A Guide to Southern Indiana (with William Cook, Owen Litho Service, 1972).
- Monroe County in Focus: Portrait of an Indiana County (with Diana Hawes and Will Counts, Discovery Press, 1990).
- Kathleen McLaughlin, Gayle Cook tops list of richest Hoosiers, Indiana Business Journal, September 22, 2011
- "240 Gayle Cook" (paper). The Forbes 400. Forbes: 161. October 7, 2013.
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- Martin, Douglas (April 25, 2021). "Bill Cook, Medical Device Maker, Dies at 80". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 17, 2021.
- The Bill Cook Story: Ready, Fire, Aim!. Indiana University Press. 2008. ISBN 9780253352545.
- "Honoree: Search Awards: University Honors & Awards: Indiana University". University Honors and Awards. Retrieved October 17, 2021.
- "Gayle Cook". Forbes. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
- Preservationist Gayle Cook to discuss 'The Mystique of Domes', Indiana State University Newsroom, October 17, 2011
- Schuyler Volasco, Forbes billionaires list: Meet the nine richest self-made women, Christian Science Monitor, March 5, 2013
- Zaltsberg, Bob (August 6, 2016). "Carl Cook inherited his father's company — and his vision". The Herald-Times. Retrieved October 17, 2021.