Clemson in Pickens County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Walter T. Cox, Jr.
Walter T. Cox, Jr., native of Belton, South Carolina, came to Clemson University in 1935 as a freshman cadet. As a student, he was a company commander in the cadet Corps and an all-state guard on the football team. After graduating in 1939, he remained at the University for one year of post graduate study during which he anchored the Tigers front line that helped defeat Boston College in the 1940 Cotton Bowl. Except for military service in the South Pacific, he never left Clemson.
During the 1940's, he worked for Clemson Athletics in a number of capacities - Assistant Football Coach, Business Manager, Baseball Coach and Recruiter. He filled in for the Boxing Coach who was called into the military; helped cleat land with handsaws, chains and mules, for construction of the football stadium ("Death Valley"); and became a member of IPTAY. In 1950, he became Director of Public Relations and Alumni Affairs and Assistant to the President. He became Dean of Student Affairs in 1956 and Vice President for Student Affairs in 1965.
Dean Cox served as Vice President for Student Affairs for almost three decades. During his tenure, enrollment grew from 2,700 to more than 12,500. He presided over some of the most important milestones in Clemson's development into a major university including the enrollment of women and the peaceful
Location. 34° 40.75′ N, 82° 50.233′ W. Marker is in Clemson, South Carolina, in Pickens County. Marker can be reached from Calhoun Drive. Touch for map. Marker is located east of the Edgar A Brown University Union, on the campus of Clemson University. Marker is in this post office area: Clemson SC 29631, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Quercus lyrata (Overcup Oak) (within shouting distance of this marker); First Woman Graduate (within shouting distance of this marker); Integration with Dignity, 1963 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Thomas Green Clemson (about 300 feet away); Military Heritage Plaza (about 400 feet away); The Old Tillman Hall Bell (about 400 feet away); Class of 1943 Veterans (about 400 feet away); Fort Hill (about 500 feet away); Site of the First Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Clemson Agricultural College (about 500 feet away); Fort Hill Plantation Office (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clemson.
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1. Clemson University's "Dean" Cox dies. Former Clemson University President Walter Thompson Cox Jr., 87, died Wednesday, June 28, in Greenville. (Submitted on July 5, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Walter T. Cox. President Emeritus Walter T. Cox (b. September 19, 1918 d. June 28, 2006) was a member of Clemson University's Class of 1939, and was the third alumnus to rise to the status of president (1985-1986). (Submitted on July 5, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Former Clemson President, Football Player Walter Cox Passes Away. A Belton native, the son of Walter T. and Grace Campbell Cox came to Clemson in 1935 as a freshman cadet. (Submitted on July 5, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
4. Heritage Gardens Entrance. Entrance to the Heritage Gardens (at the South Carolina Botanical Garden) dedicated to Walter T. Cox. (Submitted on July 5, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
5. Clemson University. Official website of Clemson University. (Submitted on July 5, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
1. Walter T. Cox, Jr. Obituary
The Greenville News
June 30, 2006
Dean Cox died Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at St. Francis Hospital, Greenville, S.C., after a short stay resulting from injuries suffered in a fall on June 14th. Born in Belton, S.C., he was the son of the late Walter T. Cox Sr. and Grace Campbell Cox. He came to Clemson College in 1935, and “never left.” Commissioned at Clemson in the Army as an infantryman, he fought in the Pacific campaign and was a proud World War II veteran. A Tiger letterman, he started on the 1939 Cotton Bowl football team. After graduating, he served in a sequence of jobs starting as a football and baseball coach, alumni and public relations coordinator, the first “dean of students,” the first vice president of student affairs, development
He was the widower of the late Mary Johnson Cox and then Jenelle Garrett Cox. Surviving are his sons, Walter T. Cox, III (wife Victoria Grubbs Cox), Frank J. Cox (wife Crossie McDowell Cox), and J. William Cox (wife Janet Hedrick Cox); and daughter, Grace Cox Kerns (husband Charles Kerns); stepdaughter, Jennie Cox Waddington (husband Harry Waddington); five grandchildren, Lisa Cox Craig, Walter T. Cox IV, Katharine Cox Johnson and Campbell Johnson Cox, and Wesley Kerns; and six great-grandchildren, Grace Craig, Katherine and Mary Johnson Craig, Madison Johnson, and Miriam Cox and Riley Cox; three stepgrandchildren, Lewis Greer, Harrison Greer and Julia Greer.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Mary Johnson Scholarship or to the Clemson Foundation at
Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central-Clemson Commons, is assisting the family with the arrangements.
— Submitted July 5, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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