Billy Hughes Bocook, resident of Los Altos, passed away on June 6, 2014. He was born in Asheville, North Carolina on October 8, 1934 to James A. Bocook and Nelle (Alexander) Bocook. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Pat, his sons Dirk, Bret and Drew, his daughters in law Laura and Erica, and his two grandsons, Quinn and Austin. He was preceded in death by his two older brothers, Jack and Jim.
Bill graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BS in Architecture in 1961. He moved to California in 1962 and went to work for noted architects, Ernest J. Kump in 1962 and Albert A. Hoover in 1963. In 1981 he started his own firm, B. H. Bocook, Architect, Inc. where he continued to work until his death. His office designed many projects throughout Northern California including the renovation of Stanford Sunken Diamond, the award winning William and Flora Hewlett Foundation building in Menlo Park, and the AIA design award winning office building at 1600 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. He also worked on Foothill College while at Kump’s office, and on 3000 Sand Hill Road while at Hoover’s office.
Bill had many interests. He loved golfing, hunting, fishing, family gatherings, sketching, and traveling all over the United States and abroad. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Palo Alto Club, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, a board member of Filoli Garden Estate, and served on the Los Altos Planning Commission for eight years.
A celebration of Bill’s life will be held sometime in late July or mid- August. His friends and extended family will be notified.