Arthur Nelson Cox

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Arthur Nelson Cox, noted astrophysicist, author and editor, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died peacefully in his sleep on March 12, 2013 at St. Vincent's Hospital in Santa Fe. He was 85.
Arthur was born on Oct. 12, 1927 in Van Nuys, Calif. to Arthur H. Cox and Sarah Nelson Cox, he was the third of their four children. He was preceded in death by his younger brother Donald, his older sisters Marjorie-Jane and Priscilla, Joan Cox, his wife of 32 years, and Joan's son Bryan Johnson.
Arthur is survived by Charles Arthur Cox and Edward Jonathan Cox, two sons from his first marriage to Clarice W. Cox; and by Charles' wife Anna Ratner and their children Bryan and Maya; Edward's fianc?e Phillis Tyler; their children, spouses, grand and great- grandchildren from his second marriage to Joan Cox; Kay and Brian Newnam, their son Michael and his wife Catherine; Sally and Jeff Bustamante and their children Chris Hills and his wife Mar; Benjamin Hills and his daughter Audrianna and fianc?e Carla Fuenzalida; Amy Hills, Jeffrey Bustamante and his wife Katrina and young son Bryan; his wife for the last two years Margaret Jaramillo Cox and her son Anselmo Jaramillo.
After growing up during the depression era in Van Nuys, Arthur took an interest in Astronomy and Astrophysics, obtaining degrees from California Institute of Technology at Pomona and at Indiana University. Following a student internship starting in the late 1940's, he began a long career with the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in 1955. Eventually he became a group leader for the laboratory's nuclear weapons testing efforts. In later years Arthur researched at the Laboratory in more theoretical astrophysics where he prepared numerous technical research papers regarding stellar pulsations and related subjects. Among his many accomplishments, he became a Fellow of the Laboratory and continued to be involved with these activities even in his last days.
Arthur will be remembered for many things: his contributions to science, his endless desire for adventure, his sense of humor, and his appreciation of music and the arts. His steadfast work ethic produced many years of quality research that advanced the field of astrophysics. With enthusiasm and leadership, he mentored and inspired many young up-and-coming scientists and made significant contributions in the field of stellar pulsations. His kind and gregarious nature brought smiles to everyone's faces.
Arthur Nelson Cox will be missed; there will be a special place for him among the stars above as he departs this earth and leaves us with many fond memories.
A public memorial service for Arthur will be at 11 a.m. April 8, 2013 at the United Church of Los Alamos.
Published in Los Alamos Monitor from Mar. 23 to Mar. 25, 2013
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