As the award-winning director of public works for Dallas County from 1968 to 1981, Shook helped save the Texas School Book Depository building from demolition by arranging for Dallas County to purchase the structure as part of a 1977 bond election. He was then part of early efforts to establish an exhibition on the sixth floor of the building. Recorded August 13, 1992.
Mr. Shook passed away on April 24, 2010.