Cox, Andrew Paul

April 18, 2009

ANDREW PAUL COX, JR of Glen Allen, VA died Monday, April 13, 2009 after a brief illness. Born in Baltimore, MD in 1937, he graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1956 and Johns Hopkins University with a BES in Electrical Engineering in 1959 and MS in Management Science in 1970. He served as First Lieutenant in the Army Artillery after college ROTC, stationed at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma and Ft. Hood, Texas in 1960. He co-authored and received at least 3 patents and designed computer circuits at Westinghouse Underseas Division from 1961 to 1967. He was Marketing Manager for IBM in Richmond, VA from 1967 to 1980 before Data Systems Corporation hired him as President and CEO, where he served on the Board until the company sold to BISYS in 1989. Mr. Cox was General Manager and Corporate Vice President at Standard Register in Dayton, OH and ran the Business Systems Division until he retired in 1996. He was certified as a Management Consultant and became owner and principal of Asset Protection Company, a financial and management consulting company. At the time of his death, he was Chairman of the Board of Spherix in Bethesda, MD. He sat on the board of various institutions including Harrison Alloys in New Jersey and the Salisbury Country Club in Midlothian, VA, where he once served as vice president. Mr. Cox was an active Rotarian as a charter member of the Midlothian Rotary Club where he served as President and Board Member, was a Paul Harris Fellow, and was first chairman of the Magnificent Midlothian Food Festival. As District Governors Representative, he helped create the Rotary Club of Brandermill, VA. Active on Johns Hopkins University's Alumni Council, he was co-chair of the Class of 1959's 50th reunion, initiated the Society of Engineering Alumni for the Whiting School of Engineering, and received the Johns Hopkins Alumni Heritage Award in 1995 for his outstanding service to the university. The Andrew Paul Cox Scholarship in Electrical Engineering was established in memory of Paul's father in 1987. The Paul Cox Laboratory is located in Maryland Hall on the Johns Hopkins campus. He was a Deacon at Salisbury Presbyterian Church in Midlothian, VA and later a generous supporter of Shady Grove United Methodist Church's Center for Music & Arts. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Trudy, three children Mike Cox of Richmond, VA, Julie Harden of Berryville, VA, and Daniel Cox of Guayaquil, Ecuador, a brother, Richard Cox of Durham, NC; his beloved grandchildren Grace and Laura Ann Duerson and son-in-law Jon Harden. He was preceded in death by his parents Andrew Paul Cox, Sr. and Laura Cox of Baltimore, MD. A Celebration of Life will be held Monday, April 20th at Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Short Pump, VA. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to an education fund for his granddaughters at BB&T bank.

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