By Kathleen Truelove
A native of Reading, PA, Bobbie Cook comes from a Pennsylvania Dutch family. She became interested in special education when, at the age of 13, she worked with a blind 3-year old child. Bobbie met her husband, Ralph, at a fraternity party at Franklin & Marshall while she was attending Millersville State College. After graduation, she taught in elementary school until her children, a son and a daughter, were born.
Having previously lived in the Essex area, the Cooks returned to Baltimore in 1982. Bobbie worked at United Cerebral Palsy and used her special education minor from college to teach kindergarten at the Delray School, where she was also Assistant Principal. She is proud to have seen some of her former students graduate from high school.
Before moving to Broadmead, Bobbie & Ralph lived in the Springdale neighborhood of Cockeysville. Bobbie volunteered at the nearby Oregon Ridge Nature Center. A bit further from home, she tutored at the Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in Bolton Hill. The tutoring service there is the oldest private tutoring service in the country and at present serves four schools.
Bobbie augments the ranks of Broadmead residents with wide interests and volunteer experience. She joins the talented group of Broadmead quilters. Among other projects, she has made a Star of Bethlehem quilt for her astrophysicist son.