Amanda Denise Cook, MD

Class Year




Posted on: January 12, 2021

Amanda Denise Cook-Zivic, MD, died on December 23, 2020. She was the devoted wife to Michael Zivic, beloved mother to Jackson and Kensington Zivic, loving daughter to Herman and Helen (nee Clyde) Cook, dear sister to Olivia and Michelle Cook, also is survived by numerous other family members and friends.

The following is an excerpt from an article published in The Capital Gazette remembering local residents who died from COVID-19 in 2020: 

Every time Amanda Zivic showed up at the basketball games her husband coached, his South River Seahawks lost.

“It’s true,” Mike Zivic said. “Even my team knew it.”

It didn’t matter. Amanda had a gravity that affected every room she walked into, whether that room happened to be a gym full of sprinting basketball players or a bar full of sweaty patrons. Amanda and Mike first met at Babalu Grill in Baltimore. She told him he looked like John Mayer.

They were married a year later. It was “quick,” Mike said, but he doesn’t regret a second.

“My wife was fabulous. She was stylish,” Mike said. “Between the purse and the dress, everyone knew who she was. She was the center of attention.”

A thoughtful forensic psychiatrist, Amanda worked with patients at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center maximum-security psychiatric hospital in Jessup. An amazing mother, she watched “The Goonies” and “Princess Bride,” her favorites, at home with her 8-year-old Jackson and 6-year-old Kensington.

Amanda Zivic went to the hospital for a bacteria infection in early December, her husband said. She never came home and died at age 44 from COVID-19 two days before Christmas.