Third Generation: John William Rook < Frances Kathleen Buchanan Price < Joseph Price

John William Rook was the son of Frances Kathleen Buchanan Price and William Arthur Rook (“Art”). He was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 19, 1925.

He married BJS (living?) in Vancouver, British Columbia on June 24, 1952. They had no children and divorced in 1958.

About four years later, John married SMS (living?). The wedding took place in London, England on April 19, 1962. They later divorced.

John and SMS had one child:

  1. LAR (living)

John died in Ste Adele Quebec on August 3, 2002. and is buried at the Ste Adele Cemetery.

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Montreal Gazette, August 8, 2002, p 52


In the Campbell genealogy she prepared in the early 1980s, Margaret Lindner quotes John’s entry in Who’s Who. (p. 190).

Rook, John William. Canadian. Director, Hafner Fabrics of Canada Ltd.; member, Bd. of Management, Queen Elizabeth Hospital of Montreal. B. 1925. Educ. Univ. of Toronto (BA Sc, Chem Eng); Harvard School of Bus. Admin. (MBA with distinction). Time and motion study engineer, Procter & Gamble Mfg. Co. Ltd. 1946-47; Harvard Business School 1947-49; Bank of Canada, Ottawa, Economic Research 1948; Industrial Development Bank, Montreal and Vancouver 1949-52; Assistant to the President (securities research and sales) Yorkshire Securities Ltd., Vancouver, 1952-53; Asst. to Vice-Pres., Cochran, Murray & Co. Ltd. 1953-55; Gen.-Mgr., Power Corp. of Canada Ltd. 1956-62 Address: R.R. 16 Ste. Adele, Quebec Canada.

The International Year Book & Statesmen’s Who’s Who, 1973 Edition

An article by Sophie Cousineau in the November 3, 2001 edition of Montreal’s La Presse, tells the story of how, in 1960, John and two friends, John Dobson and Walter Cottingham, had launched a mutual fund called the Formula Growth Fund. Between 1960 and 2001, the value of the fund grew from 134 thousand to 235 million US dollars. The title of the article is “The Best-Kept Secret Formula in Town.”

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The Formula Growth Fund still exists.

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Ancestry.com. New York, New York, U.S., Birth Index, 1910-1965 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2017. Original data: New York City Department of Health
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Vancouver Sun, June 25, 1952, p 28
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Toronto Star, July 4, 1952, p 25
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Recommendation of the Standing Committee on Divorce of the Senate of Canada that an act of parliament be passed to dissolve the marriage of John Rook and Beverly Smithson (May 30, 1958)