August 18, 2011 -- University of Houston Law Center alumnus and former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eugene A. Cook has been awarded the George Washington Honor Medal by the Freedoms Foundation. The award is the highest presented by the Valley Forge-based, non-profit organization that is dedicated to teaching young people the principles upon which the nation was founded. Dr. Theresa Monaco, director of the UH College of Education Center for Gifted and Talented, also will be honored with the award at a luncheon in Houston on Nov. 12.
The Freedoms Foundation honors Americans who go above and beyond in their efforts to educate their communities about the values of good citizenship, either through teaching or by example.
Cook earned his J.D. from the Law Center in 1966 and served on the high court from 1988-92. He then joined the firm of Bracewell & Giuliani, serving as a senior partner and heading the firm's appellate group until his retirement in 2002.
The awards luncheon will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Nov. 12, at the Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial Dr., telephone, 713-464-4811. The cost is approximately $30 per person and checks may be mailed to FFVF Treasurer Betty Dossey, 1906 Rock Fence Dr., Richmond, TX, 77406. Please add a note if you would like to be placed at a table for Dr. Monaco or Justice Cook.