For immediate release: Due to generous donations from Brothers of Delta Sigma Pi and the Cookson Family, we are proud to announce the John and June Cookson Memorial – Mid-Atlantic Region Travel Fund HAS BEEN FULLY ENDOWED!
John was Deltasig’s 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and a mentor to many. June, was his beloved wife.
More information on the John and June Cookson Memorial – Mid-Atlantic Region Travel Fund here.
Thanks to Musanna Al-Muntasir for his assistance in designing this pin Beta Omega (U of Miami) alum, Victor Calero, donated the “Delta Sigma Pi Football Helmet” as an auction item.
INFORMATION ON BROTHER JOHN COOKSON
Beth Keith offered the following Testimonial at the 50th Grand Chapter Congress in Chicago, Illinois:
Whereas, Brothers John and June Cookson served Delta Sigma Pi for many years.
John Cookson was initiated at Gamma Rho (University of Detroit) on May 7th, 1955. June
Cookson was initiated as an honorary brother on April 17, 1999 Virginia Commonwealth,
Whereas, John served as the Regional Vice President for many years for the Mid-Atlantic
Whereas, he received the Order of the Silver Helmet for 25 years of brotherhood in 1996,
Whereas, John was awarded the Delta Sigma Pi Lifetime Achievement award in 1999,
Whereas, John was an official “Active” member of the Cigar Aficionados,
Whereas, John and June graciously opened their home to brothers visiting their area,
Whereas, their legacy will live on through the Delta Sigma Pi Leadership Foundation John and June Cookson Memorial fund
Be it resolved, that we keep in our hearts and minds John and June Cookson during the 50th Grand Chapter Congress and in years to come. Let’s celebrate their lives and love for Delta Sigma Pi.
COOKSON, John Holland, died Friday, December 5, 2014, in Midlothian, Virginia. He was born in Walkerville, Ontario, Canada in 1932. He was educated in local schools and was a member of St. Mary’s Anglican Church. He was a member of the St. Mary’s Boys Choir and was head chorister. He married June Victoria Tarleton of Windsor, the love of his life, and they were together for over 62 years. He served in the Canadian Navy and was a member of the Canadian Navy Coronation Contingent at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. After graduation from the University of Detroit, he and his family moved to the Netherlands with Chrysler International Corporation. He later immigrated to the United States and the family lived in Rochester, New York, where he worked for General Dynamics and Garlock Corporation. The family moved to Midlothian, Virginia in 1979 and he worked for the Commonwealth of Virginia and retired from the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University. He was a member of Manakin Episcopal Church in Powhatan for over 30 years. He was a long-time member of the Professional Business Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi and was awarded their Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999. He enjoyed genealogy, philately, football and fraternity activities. He was also counted as among the Friends of Bill for over 50 years. He is survived by his wife, June; daughter, Elizabeth of Denver, Colorado; son, John Thomas of Coral Gables, Florida; and daughter, Anne Louise of Chesterfield, Virginia and their families, including five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and his brother, Rolland of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, December 8, at Bliley’s-Chippenham, 6900 Hull Street Rd., where the funeral ceremony will be held at 12 noon on Tuesday, December 9. A private interment will be held in the Memory Garden at Manakin Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leadership Foundation, International Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi, 330 South Campus Ave., Oxford, Ohio 24056.