Obituary: Dr. Nancy Louise Burchfield-Cook – Archyde

Dr. Nancy Louise Burchfield-Cook
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– December 14, 2021

dr Nancy Louise Burchfield-Cook, 62, of Solvang, California and Steamboat Springs, Colorado, passed away beautifully and peacefully on December 14, 2021 at 7:20 p.m., accompanied by angels and surrounded by her family. Born in Los Angeles, Nancy spent her formative years in Roscomare Canyon in West Los Angeles and Fredensborg Canyon in the Santa Ynez Valley. She graduated from University High School in West LA in 1977. In 1984 she graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology. She later received a PhD in Veterinary Medicine (1991), followed by residency and a Master’s degree in Equine Reproductive Science. She married Mark Allen Cook in 1984 and started a family in Fort Collins, Colorado. She has lived more than half her life in Larimer and Routt counties and loved the Rocky Mountains with all her soul.
Her enduring passion was nurturing the animal-human bond and she considered this her main purpose in life. A truly gifted ‘whisperer’, Nance has spent much of her career working in equine theriogenology. Her in-depth training in equine reproduction set the equine world on fire as she dipped both her heart and mind (and a few toes) into the advent of frozen horse semen. Nancy was also way ahead of the competition when it came to egg cell transfer, because her CSU graduate years had made her one of the first pioneers of egg cell retrieval. She was one of the few women to practice in what was then a highly male-dominated field. All this while sacrificing so much time, energy and dedication on many fronts; raising her children first, securing her family, establishing a practice, caring for her patients and absorbing everything she could to be the best that she could be.
Her lifelong learning and expanding her knowledge into practice has never waned or stopped. She was an enthusiastic member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the Society for Theriogenology, as well as the California Veterinary Medical Association. In 2020, Nancy established the Benevolence Endowment in the AAEP Foundation for the Horse in honor of her maternal grandfather, Lowell R. Hoff.
Even though she was successful in scientific research, her heart was always in practical outpatient and clinical work. A caring and devoted teacher at heart, she enjoyed expanding people’s understanding of their animal friends by patiently offering her extensive skills at the service of their health and well-being. The needs of her clients always exceeded her own as she ultimately saw herself as a servant for the greater good of the entire horse community in California and Colorado.
Aside from her professional aspirations, her part-time interests include a wide range of outdoor recreation and farming activities: backpacking, camping, fishing, goat herding, hiking, kayaking, open water swimming, and snorkeling. Her absolute main passion in life was horseback riding. Additionally, her love of the beauty of nature led to a lifelong journey to visit distant islands, forests, beaches and mountains. Through it all, she was a grateful, happy, and willing participant.
Her kind and courageous manner will be missed by all who knew her. Happy indeed are those who were able to share her life and love while she was here in this world. Their monument and testimony is written in the stars and will never fade over the centuries. All this and much more…
She is survived by her husband Robert Burchfield; her daughter Jenna Marlinda Korgan (and husband Brandon); her son Kasey Porter Lee Cook (and wife Abby); her sister Pamela Ann Porter; and nine grandchildren.
We will see her again – but not yet…
A memorial service will be held in Solvang, California, in early June to commemorate her life. Everyone who loves Nancy and has been loved by her is invited to attend. Contact her husband Rob Burchfield for more details ([email protected]).
At the request of friends, commemorative gifts can be given to the Colorado State University Equine Embryology Fund (Contact: [email protected]) or the AAEP Foundation for the Horse Horses at Risk Endowment Fund.

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