Hall of Distinction Class of 1985-1986

Lodwrick (Lod) Monroe Cook was born and raised in Louisiana, The son of William C. Cook, a 1913 LSU graduate in sugar chemistry. Mr. Cook completed a B.S. in mathematics at LSU in 1950. Following service in the U.S. Army, he returned to LSU and earned a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering in 1955. Later, while working, he took evening classes and earned the M.B.A. degree at Southern Methodist University.

On leaving LSU, Mr. Cook joined Atlantic Richfield Company as an engineer trainee, beginning a long and distinguished career with that company. From his first position he advanced to management positions in labor relations, refining and marketing, planning, supply, and transportation. His abilities in administration and engineering were further recognized when he was picked to be the chairman of the Owner’s Committee of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, the largest private construction project ever undertaken.

At ARCO, Mr. Cook was made a corporate vice president in 1970, and moved steadily upward through the positions of senior vice president, executive vice president, and chief operating officer for products. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1980. r. Cook became president and chief executive officer of ARCO on October 15, 1885, and chairman of the Board of Directors on January 1, 1986. He has received much credit and national recognition for his role in the recent restructuring and revitalization of ARCO.

Mr. Cook has a long and substantial record of service to others in the areas of education, youth and minority programs, and business, civic, and cultural affairs. He is a director of National Junior Achievement, a member of the Corporate Fund for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a trustee of the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, a member of the Board of Governors and Executive Committee of the Music Center of Los Angeles, co-chairman of the Advisory Board of Plaza de la Raza, a director of the LSU Foundation Board, and a member of the Board of Regents of Pepperdine University. Mr. Cook has also been involved with the Boy Scouts of America, MESA (mathematics, engineering and science achievement), the National Action Council, for Minorities in Engineering, The University of Southern California, the National Alliance of Businessmen, and the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

Mr. Cook’s business interests outside ARCO include membership on the Council of Foreign Relations, the Conference Board, the Business Roundtable, and the National petroleum Council. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the California Economic Development Corporation, the Board of Directors of H.F. Ahmanson and Company, the Board of Directors of the American Petroleum Institute, and the Chamber of Commerce of the United States. Mr. Cook was also just elected a vice chairman of the National Petroleum Council.

In recognition of his abilities as an engineer, administrator, and businessman, and in appreciation of his selfless service to others, the College of Engineering is proud to welcome Lod Cook to the Engineering hall of Distinction.