Sam Cook, who served in various roles at Central Trust Bank in Jefferson City, Mo., since the Truman administration, has died.

Cook passed away at his home in Jefferson City on July 15.

Cook had been chairman of the bank and its parent, Central Bancompany, since 1981. He took the role of chairman emeritus in 2013 and was involved and active on the board up until recent months, a spokesman said.

Cook was a third-generation banker at Central Trust, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Sam Baker Cook, who was named president of Central Trust Bank shortly after its founding in 1902. He succeeded his father, Howard, as president and chief executive in 1961, and he was instrumental in forming Central Bancompany in 1970.

Cook's first banking job was at Chase Manhattan National Bank in New York . On his return to Jefferson City in 1950, he worked with his father at Central Missouri Trust Company, which later was renamed Central Bank.

Cook's son, Brian, succeeded him as Central's president and CEO in 2008.

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