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Art Cox passed away on January 17, 2013, at the Univer- sity of Arizona Medi- cal Center hospital in Tucson, AZ.
Art and his wife, Elizabeth (Betty) E. (Dowling Whit- ing) Cox, moved to Green Valley, AZ, sixteen years ago from Downers Grove, IL.
Art was born in Johnstown, PA, on August 9, 1925, together with his identical twin brother John Thomas (Tom) Cox. Their parents were Thomas S. Cox and Mabel B. (Frisch) Cox.
After graduating from Johnstown High School in 1943, Art and Tom were inducted into the U. S. Army and fought in World War II. Art served in the First Infantry Division (the Big Red 1) and was awarded the Purple Heart with two oak leaf clusters. He returned home and was honorably discharged in the spring of 1946.
Art benefited from the G. I. Bill by attending the College of William and Mary in Virginia. After graduating from William and Mary in 1950 he went to graduate school at Duke University, where he earned a PhD degree in Physics in 1955. At William and Mary Art was inducted into membership in the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, Alpha Chapter of Virginia, in 1949. At Duke Univer- sity he was elected to membership in the Society of Sigma Xi, a scien- tific honor society, in 1954.
After completing college and graduate school, Art worked at Ar- gonne National Laboratory in Illi- nois, where he had a successful ca- reer as a nuclear physicist for al- most 35 years. He published numer- ous scientific research papers, and he was awarded four patents for in- venting scientific instruments in 1978, 1979, 1981, and 1985.
Besides being a successful nucle- ar physicist, Art was also an accom- plished amateur trumpet player. He grew up in a musical family, where his father, mother, brother, and both sisters all played musical in- struments. He played in school bands and orchestras, and in com- munity music groups, in Johnstown and at William and Mary. After mov- ing to Illinois he became the princi- pal trumpet player in the West Sub- urban Symphony, a community or- chestra in Hinsdale, IL. He was an active member of the Downers Grove Music Club, and occasionally played trumpet with other music groups and at church services.
Art's other hobby was amateur astronomy. When he was young, in Johnstown, he built his own tele- scope the old fashioned way, grind- ing and polishing the mirror. Later, in Illinois, he bought several more modern telescopes, which he brought with him to Arizona, where he enjoyed the much darker, clearer nights for viewing the moon, stars, and planets. In Green Valley he was a member of the Sonoran Atronomi- cal Society.
Art and Betty loved traveling to- gether and attending concerts, plays, and other performances. Fa- vorite travel destinations included cruises and the annual theater festi- val in Stratford, Ontario. Three of the trips they took were to view a total eclipse of the sun.
Art was preceded in death by his twin brother Tom Cox and his sister Doris (Cox) Paisley.
He is survived by his sister Wanda (Cox) Willaman, his wife Betty, His son Thomas (Tom) M. Cox, his step- son Robert L. Whiting, and his daughters Phyllis A. F. Cox and Christine N. (Cox) Gronlund.
Published in Suburban Life Publications on Feb. 8, 2013
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