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Death in the VMI Family:
Edwin P. Cox III dies, former Commonwealth Laboratory chief
Thursday, November 26, 1998
BY JENIFER V. BUCKMAN
Times-Dispatch Staff Writer
Edwin P. Cox III, former president of Commonwealth Laboratory and a partner
of Edwin Cox Associates, died Wednesday at age 67. He had battled cancer
A chemical engineer, Mr. Cox was a 1953 graduate of the Virginia Military
Institute and earned a master's degree from the University of Virginia in
He and his father founded the chemical firm Edwin Cox Associates in 1960.
They founded Commonwealth Laboratory Inc. a few years later.
In 1991, Commonwealth Laboratory won a contract from the Kuwaiti government
to help restore the water system after the Gulf War.
"It was a fascinating time to be there," he said in a Times-Dispatch
interview. Mr. Cox recounted that in the short time he was in Kuwait, he
watched the country rebuild itself quickly.
He sold the firm in the mid 1990s and went into semi-retirement.
A Richmond native, he attended St. Christopher's School and graduated from
Episcopal High School.
Before graduating from VMI, Mr. Cox served in the Virginia Army National
Guard. After graduation, he served on active duty in the Army's 503rd
Airborne Infantry Regiment and later commanded Company C, 11th Special
Forces Group, in the Army Reserve. He retired from the Army Reserve in 1988
as a brigadier general.
In 1991, Mr. Cox was the first Virginian to be named general (national)
president of the Sons of the Revolution. In addition, he was chairman of
the Richmond Independence Bicentennial Commission.
Mr. Cox was a member of numerous professional organizations, including the
American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Society for Metals,
the American Chemical Society and the national and state societies of
In Richmond, he was a former board member of the Engineers Club and a
former board member of the Richmond Board of Air Pollution Appeals.
A former president of the VMI Alumni Association, he was a past governor of
the Virginia Society of Colonial Wars, as well as a former president of the
Historic Richmond Foundation. For six years, he served as board member of
the Museum of the Confederacy.
Mr. Cox was also a member of the Association for the Preservation of
Virginia Antiquities and the Virginia Historical Society.
Survivors include his wife, Sally Carr Cox; a daughter, Virginia Meade Cox
Evans of Louisville, Ky.; and three sons, Edwin Carr Cox of Richmond, James
Maxwell Cox of Kenansville, N.C., and William Hatcher Cox of Altavista.
More Past Memories: Here are a couple more memories that our participants provided. Don't despair, this isn't the last of 'em.
I can recall a couple of "Holiday" memories. First, I can remember singing
"Hark the Herald Angels Shout" in ranks as we marched down to the messhall for
SRC, usually starting about now. And I also recall making a sign out of a
pillow case during our rat year for display in the door of our room. It said,
"Bah Humbug!" I believe the 5-1-5 was for "Unauthorized display in barracks"!
TC Hathaway III '72
...i was in a 5 man room. we had a roommate that always came in at 2am
and turn on the light over the sink. then he would do 100 decline pushups
(go rangers!!! yeah right...get a life). so , one night, we decide to
take down the mirror and draw his face and wrote 'HI DON'. was he
surprised! well, i check the room this past nov (our 10th class reunion)
and the picture was painted over! those folks at the institute do not
respect fine art
....LIGHTING THE TREE....1) when i was a third, someone shooting a bow and
arrow at the christmas tree. 2) when i was a second, 1st throwing cups of
of gas on top of the old sentinetal box. 3) having the tree catch on fire
because of an electrical short.
...there are many memories to be shared. i can only be thankful my
roommates allowed me to partake in them (oh by the way...heelander (aka
paul hicks) should not...repeat...should not be allowed in cameron hall
under whatever circumstances.....i don't think the institute could stand
another 'phone-a-bone' okay paul....go ahead...tell your side of the
Ron Gillespie '88
VMI Basketball: Keydets are winless to date. And the team recently dropped yet another close game to Elon. However, Randolph Macon is next up tomorrow at 1:00 PM in Lexington.
Tuesday, December 01, 1998
Wake Forest 75, VMI 61
Keydets 'run out of gas'
VMI battles the Demon Deacons for 27 minutes before succumbing to the
By MARK BERMAN
THE ROANOKE TIMES
LEXINGTON -- There was no upset this time.
Last year, the VMI basketball team beat a Big Ten foe -- Penn State
-- for the first time ever and won at Virginia Tech for the first time
On Tuesday, VMI led Wake Forest with 13:08 to go. But the Demon
Deacons squashed the Keydets' hopes of pulling off another surprise,
winning 75-61 in front of 3,035 fans at Cameron Hall.
"We just ran out of gas after awhile,'' said VMI guard Matt Matheny,
a Cave Spring graduate.
Wake Forest (6-1), which got 16 points from guard Robert O'Kelly,
beat the Keydets for the 14th straight time. It was the Demon Deacons'
first visit to VMI since January 1967. This was the final game in a
two-for-one deal; VMI lost at Wake the past two seasons.
The Keydets (0-4) are off to their worst start since dropping the
first five games of the 1982-83 campaign.
VMI took its only lead of the second half, 50-49, on a bucket by Zach
Batte with 13:08 left. But the Demon Deacons capped a 10-0 run with two
3-pointers to grab a 59-50 advantage with 8:35 remaining. They led the
rest of the way.
"I never felt we were going to lose the basketball game,'' Wake coach
Dave Odom said. "I felt in the end that we could exercise our strength
and get things back under control, and we did.''
Said VMI coach Bart Bellairs: "We just got real, real tired. We were
one or two players away because they brought in some fresh bodies and it
really wore us down. Our passes weren't as crisp, our cuts weren't as
VMI was without its best player, All-Southern Conference second-team
guard Jason Bell, who suffered a heel injury in last week's loss at Old
The Keydets also missed their best inside player, center Eric Mann,
who is sitting out the rest of the season as a medical redshirt. Mann,
who tested his ailing right knee in the first two games of the season,
will have surgery this week to fix a tendon problem.
"You don't want to be young and you don't want to be beat up. We're
young and we're beat up,'' Bellairs said.
VMI's big scorers were its starting guards. Andre Quarles scored a
game-high 20 points, and Matheny added 17.
"We ran the offense perfect,'' Quarles said.
The Keydets made just eight of 24 3-point attempts. Quarles and
Matheny were each 4-for-7 from 3-point range, but the rest of the team
The Demon Deacons outrebounded VMI 49-26.
"We're playing smaller kids. When you're tired, size really becomes a
bigger part of it,'' Bellairs said.
Wake was 9-of-16 from 3-point territory.
Cameron Hall looked like a gathering of University of Virginia
coaching alumni. Ex-Cavaliers coach Jeff Jones was the color
commentator on the Home Team Sports telecast. UVa coach-turned-athletic
director Terry Holland took in the game from the stands; Odom once
served on Holland's staff.
Update on Col. Joyner: (For those wishing to send Col. Joyner cards or letters, please address them to: Col. James Joyner, 111 Colston Place, Lexington, VA 24450.)
COL Joyner was released from hospital on Friday 27 November and is
resting, somewhat uncomfortably, at home (Lexington house, not Parade Ground
He is a bit "weak in the knees," which is not surprising (in an analogous situation, a surgeon once told me during a post-op period of "depression" that if it had been war-time and he had done to my body what he had just done, he would be subject to trial as a war criminal. I agreed. I'm sure Jim Joyner would sign on to that also.).
However, he is not in much pain, has the right meds for those times when he IS in discomfort, and is beginning what will be a fairly extended period of ever-increasing exercise and rehab.
His "formal" cardiac rehab program will begin in about a week here in Lexington.
To correct the record, he DID have a TRIPLE bypass. A successful one.
Cards are welcome. We need to hold off still on visitation until next week. Barbara Joyner will announce when she is unlocking the front door at the Colston Place house. But no visits this week, please.
VMI Memorabilia: My BR Bill Turpin '75 recently sent me the following e-mail re: where to find some interesting VMI memorabilia for sale. I've checked out this site and it's pretty darn interesting.
The web site www.ebay.com has VMI memorabilia for sale constantly. Type VMI and Virginia Military Institute under search and voila.
Hey that's it for this week.
Yours in the Spirit,
RB Lane '75
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