Katherine “Katie” Cook BA ’85


Katie Cook BA ’85 grew up in Berkeley, California; however, after meeting her husband, Tom Rietmann, she made a major life change. For the past 28 years, Tom and Katie have built their lives on his family’s remote cattle and wheat ranch located above the John Day River between Wasco and Condon, Oregon. After earning an MAT from Eastern Oregon University, Cook taught English at Condon High School for eight years. Now that the youngest of the couple’s three children has graduated from high school, Cook has decided to take a break from teaching to do more traveling and writing. Tom and Katie are looking forward to traveling to India in fall 2018 with Cook’s brother, Peter Cook BA ’83. While at L&C, Katie participated in the Costa Rica program and the art/theatre program in New York City. “I will always be grateful for these experiences. Being part of Oregon’s agricultural world requires an international perspective, and these two programs helped to expand my understanding of the wonders of the world.”