Allan William Hook

HOOKABRATION_Australianwasp Sericophorus wasp found in the Outback. Photo courtesy of Dr. Terry Houston, Museum of Western Australia in Perth, 2013. Emailed to Allan from Dr. Houston on Sept 1st, 2013.

Allan passed away this morning at 2:10.  With us at home were his best man, Kelly Scott, and his faithful colleague, Bill Quinn.

Obituary for Dr. Allan W. Hook

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43 thoughts on “Allan William Hook

  1. Much love from the Nelson family to you Rosemary. Thank you for your unwavering love and devotion to Hook. He had the knowledge of that as he passed from this life to the next – a wonderful gift. We’re sorry we can’t attend the memorial or “Hookabrate.” You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Rosemary,
    I’ve been thinking about you a lot. The one thing that feels true to me is that you (through this experience) got to know the essense of this man “Hook” more clearly than most people are ever able to experience the closeness to another person in our lives. The relationship — the experience is truly a gift.

    Hugs and lots of love,

  3. I am very much sadden to hear Dr. Hook passing. As a premed student Dr. Hook taught me biology. He made classes much more enjoyable to attend with his humor. I always looked forward Dr. Hook saying “Okay, I digress little bit here”. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  4. Dear Rosemary, You are in my thoughts and in my prayers that the Lord’s Love for you holds you and protects you while you’re going through these grieving moments. With my deepest sympathy.

  5. I will always be grateful for having gotten to know Hook, and for the opportunity to learn from his steady guidance. A great person is physically gone, but the positive energy and extraordinary counsel he gave will remain with us forever. All of our thoughts are with you Rosemary.

  6. Rosemary~I’m so sorry for your loss… my arms are wrapped around you from afar. I am praying for you and hope you find some comfort in knowing how many people love you and your family.

  7. Dear Rosemary,
    we are so sorry to hear this sad news. Our thoughts with you and wish a lot of strength to get through the next days and weeks to come.
    Clemens & Marita

  8. Rosemary, All my love to you through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Although I didn’t ever meet Hook, I did see him through your words. He was an incredible man, and is now with the angels watching over you.

    All my love,

  9. My deepest symphathy. Prayers of Peace going your way. May angels surround you and guide you. We love you and send you strength during this difficult time. God bless. Alex and Jo Ann.

  10. Rosemary – You and Hook are in my thoughts and prayers …..may God guide you both at this time of loss and cross over. The arms of the angels are opened wide to receive him. Darlene, Michelle Kranes’ mom.

  11. Praying for you Rosemary and trusting in Hope for your days ahead to unfold with new faith and new miracles for you, for your heart, and for the dreams you and Hook shared. God is with you, he never left your side. We will be thinking of you in these days, weeks and months ahead. Peace.

  12. Rosemary,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Alan was always a very warm man who I enjoyed talking with at Christmas when he would visit with his dad and Faith. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Jody Berinato
    (GayLee Benedict’s daughter)

  13. My prayers are with you rosemary! I am thinking about you and hoping you are doing as well as can be expected. Hope to see you soon.

  14. I am so sorry Rosemary.
    In honor of Allan, I took Hayden bug collecting today. He caught two moths, and just finished pinning his first one.

  15. So sorry to hear of Hook’s passing. A giant of man who will be sorely missed. He will continue to influence my life.

  16. Rose,

    My heart is heavy for you and your family. I hope your many memories carry you through each day. God Bless.

  17. This is a sad day. I am sorry for your loss. 😦

    I guess that he went on in the best possible way : surrounded by friends and knowing that he was well-loved and greatly-appreciated.

    May everyone that knew him find the peace and comfort that we all need.

  18. We will always remember Allan. Our hearts go out to the family for their loss. Rico and I will always be there for you Rosemary. We love you both, We will be making a donation to Allan’s fund. Love you, Rico and Coleen

  19. Al was a scholar, a scientist, a gentleman, and best of all, a madman! I once had a student who absolutely adored him as a professor, and so I got weekly reports on his brilliance, his dedication to his field, his talent as a teacher, his sometimes off-color jokes, and his expectation that his students would share his love of science and nature. Everything I ever saw in Al when I spoke with him or served on a committee with him only confirmed this student’s view. He was witty, honest, ethical, and very passionate about his work. We have lost one of our best. I’m glad I knew him.

  20. Oh Rosemary… I am so sorry to hear about the news, you are in my prayers and I am hoping that everyday will get a little easier…

  21. Words are inadequate to express my sorrow at the news of your great loss. Please accept my deepest sympathy. May your happy memories of the past bring you a measure of comfort and peace.

  22. Rosemary, I am so sorry to hear of Allan’s passing. I only met him a couple of times, once when we met you two on sixth street, and I really thought he was great. You will be in my prayers!

  23. I am saddened by this news. May you continue to be surrounded by loved ones and reach out when you need help. Take care of yourself.

  24. My heart sinks with the news of Allen’s passing. A life so well lived.
    In spite of all his academic and professional accomplishments, I can’t help but think that his greatest achievement was finding you, Rosemary, and transitioning from this life surrounded by so much love.


  25. My heart is breaking but I am so glad he went surrounded by those who loved him. We are praying for you and will try to tell as many bad jokes as we can in his honor! He was one of a kind. Much love. ~Lisa G.

  26. Rose, there are no words to convey how sad it is to hear this news. Please know many prayers surround you.


  27. Rosemary,

    Thanks for letting me know about Allan. He sure was lucky to have met you. Going through it alone would have been terrible for him.

    I am out in Washington state rock climbing and woke up at 4:30 PST…..about the time Allan passed away. Must have been a sign.

    I am a big believer that the people we meet make us who we are. For that, I was blessed to be friends with Allan during our formative years. I am also happy I got to see him a couple of times in the past 5 years.

    Will be thinking of him and you over the coming days.

    Ken Curchin

    Sent from my iPhone

  28. He has grown his wings (no irony there, given his love & joy in winged creatures) & joined a bevy of angels who will escort him to the next magical discovery. Rosemary, no matter how much we think we are prepared, we never are fully prepared to say goodbye. I hold you in prayer & loving light as you say goodbye to your beloved’s physical presence.

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