George Cox passed away on March 12, 2012, in Victoria, Texas. George was born on October 26, 1928, in Brownwood, Texas to William A. and Lovie B. Cox. He graduated from Harlandale High School in San Antonio, Texas, attended Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas, and received a Civil Engineering Degree from Texas A&M University.
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George loved his country so much that he and his father changed his birth certificate so he could join the United States Navy at age 16. Reporting to San Diego, California, he served honorably during WWII on the USS LST 245, ATR 54, and the USS Mob Jack. He also served in the United States Army during the Korean War as an original cadre member of the 432nd Engineer Construction Battalion. Campaigns included the Pacific Theatre, American Arena, World War II Victory, and Army Occupation, Germany. George remained in the Army Reserves for a number of years, retiring in 1969.
His entire professional life was focused on the construction industry where he enjoyed a distinguished and productive career for more than 40 years. Highlights of George's career include serving as President of Century Development Corporation where he managed all phases of the development of Greenway Plaza and Allen Center in Houston, serving as Managing General Partner of the Equitable-Grossman Dallas Company (Park Central VII, Park Central VIII, Park Central IX, and the Sheraton Park Central Hotel). He was involved in the development and construction of numerous other commercial buildings in Houston and also developed luxury townhomes in West University. As Managing General Partner of Woodmont Companies, Louisiana, George was responsible for the development, construction, leasing, and management of the Metairie Galleria. Polishing off a stellar career, George served as General and Construction Manager of Chub Cay Club, Chub Cay, Bahamas. He felt blessed to have forged strong ties and lasting friendships with principled companies such as the Miner-Dederick Companies, Haley-Greer, Inc., Ellisor-Tanner, and Robert Welty, Architect. At the time of his death, George served with his dear friend, Stephen Grace, on the Board of Advisors and as a consultant for H.S. Grace & Company, Inc.
George loved hunting, fishing, flying his own airplane and cheering on his Texas Aggies. He firmly believed he owed his success in life to the quality education he received while at Texas A&M, so much so that he wanted to give back. He endowed a 12th Man Scholarship in 1985 and continued to give generously to support its programs. He attended every home game he could and said his Aggie ring was a "mission statement on its own!"
George is survived by his dearly-loved wife of 29 years, Bonnie B. Cox, his beloved daughters, Suzanne Cox Reedstrom and husband Chuck, and Melissa Cox Macklin and husband Jim, his sister, Laura Anne Willey and husband Doc, his grandsons, Richard Reedstrom and Kirk Reedstrom; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Bob J. Cox. He is also survived by his 'adopted' grandchildren, Erin Ekstrom, James Ekstrom, and Ty Shelton, all of whom shared many, many hours with him and Bonnie and who brought immeasurable happiness and a deep sense of pride.
A memorial service for George Cox will be held on April 21, 2012, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Houston City Club in Greenway Plaza.
Memorial gifts should be given to: Corps of Cadets, Texas A&M University, for the George Cox Scholarship in Civil Engineering, payable to Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, Texas, 77840, 12th Man Foundation, P.O. Box 2800, College Station, Texas, 77840, First United Methodist Church, 407 North Bridge, Victoria, Texas, 77901, John Wesley United Methodist Church, 8300 N. Zac Lentz Parkway, Victoria, Texas, 77904, or Hospice of South Texas, 605 East Locust. Victoria, Texas, 77901. Please note 'In memory of George Cox.'
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Published in Houston Chronicle on Apr. 19, 2012