Art Cox '42

Alumni leader Art Cox '42 is dead at eighty-two

Arthur M. Cox '42, a long-time Kenyon volunteer, died of cancer on August 29, 2000. He was eighty-two and a resident of Manchester Township, New Jersey.

As a student, Art was active in many areas of College life. He joined Delta Tau Delta and participated in the Aeronautics Club, the Dramatic Club, the Kenyon Singers, the Philomathesian Society, the Photography Club, and the Moving Picture Committee.

After service in the U. S. Army during World War II, Art became an agent for the Chicago, North Shore, and Milwaukee Railroad. He later went on to a long and distinguished career in public relations in Chicago, Illinois, Cincin-nati, Ohio, and Newark, New Jersey, working with Railway Age magazine, the Pennsylvania Railroad, and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, from which he retired in 1985.

As a resident of Leisure Village West (LVW) in Manchester Township, Art served as chair of the advisory council to the LVW trustees. He was also chair of the LVW Resident Service Division and station manager of KLVW, the village's closed-circuit television station.

Art's devotion to the College was expressed in many ways. From secretary-treasurer of the Chicago Alumni Association in 1946-47, to class agent and member of the Kenyon Fund Executive Committee in recent years, Art handled his varied roles as correspondent and fundraiser with great seriousness and success. His name was familiar to many Bulletin readers as a frequent contributor to the magazine. Art also made many and varied contributions to Kenyon's library, ranging from rare books and magazines to videos of such early films as Wings.

In May 2000, just three months before his death, Art received the Gregg Cup for 2000, Kenyon's highest alumni accolade. The award was given in recognition of his life-long devotion to Kenyon and the many contributions he made over the years. Because Art was too ill to travel to Gambier at the time, Lisa Dowd Schott '80, executive director of alumni and parent relations and annual funds, presented the award in his home. He had previously received the Distinguished Service Award from Alumni Council in 1997.

Art is survived by his wife, Beatrice Parker Cox, a Gambier native whose great-grandfather was the head stonemason hired by Philander Chase to build Old Kenyon; a daughter, Carol Hartman; a son, Edward P. Cox; four grandchildren; and a brother, Kendall Cox.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kenyon Fund, Office of Alumni and Parent Relations and Annual Funds, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio 43022-9623, or to the General Fund of the Illinois Railroad Museum, Box 427, Union, Illinois 60180.