He touched on three issues close to his heart:
The occasion was a lifetime achievement award bestowed on Cook by his alma mater, Auburn University. Top billing in the university's press release, however, went to Auburn's "quality of life laureate": Howard Buffett, author, philanthropist and eldest son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett.
The quality of life award was established 20 years ago to honor Auburn alumni who have made "significant and lasting contributions to individual, family and community well-being locally and around the world." If they also made a contribution to the university, the press release was discreet enough not to say.
Cook received his award from Don Logan, former CEO of Time Inc. For Buffett, actress Eva Longoria and Rwanda President Paul Kagame did the honors.
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