Dr. Harold E. Cox
1931 - 2021
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1030 Wyoming Avenue
Exeter, PA

EXETER — Dr. Harold E. Cox, 90, of Exeter, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, while in the care of Residential Hospice of NEPA, Geisinger South, Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Lynchburg, Va., he was the son of the late Alfred J. and Margaret Trent Cox. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in active duty from 1954-1956, and then served in the U.S. Army reserves for an additional 30, years achieving the rank of Command Sargent Major.

Harold went on to attend William and Mary University of Virginia and received his doctorate. He became a University professor of history for 52 years, working for Wilkes University.

Surviving are his spouse, Robert Reite, and a son, Michael, of Exeter. Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in Spring Hill Cemetery, Lynchburg, Va.

Arrangements are in the care and direction of Gubbiotti Funeral Home LLC, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. To send the family an expression of sympathy or an online condolence, please visit www.gubbiottifh.com.

Published by Times Leader from Sep. 12 to Sep. 13, 2021.
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He was the professor at Wilkes that challenged me the most and, consequently, taught me the most as well. I am very saddened to hear of his passing.
Frank Forte
November 5, 2021
I still remember Dr. Cox's history lectures, when I was in his classes in 1972, or maybe 1973. I may forget the exact year, but I remember he made history challenging and worthy of study.
Valerie Balester
September 24, 2021
Dr. Cox was also an accomplished streetcar historian. He researched, wrote, and privately published a number of books on North American streetcars. I have several of his books.
Jim Genthner
September 17, 2021
My sympathy to Dr. Cox's family on his passing. He was a brilliant and fascinating person. He often had a no nonsense exterior, but I saw a sweet side of him too. I first met Dr. Cox when I saw him speak on Victoria Claflin Woodhull at the Swetland Home in Luzerne County, around 2006-2008. I was excited to meet him after his informative talk. (I'm an author/historian of 19th century fashion & lifestyle.) I felt that he would be a wealth of knowledge. Indeed, he was! I really appreciated his love for history. I began to visit with him weekly at his office at Wilkes University. We would talk for hours. He used to tell me how he missed teaching and was happy to share his knowledge of history with me. He was a tremendous source of help for the book I was writing. He gifted me with several of his 19th century books for my research, which I will treasure. I offered to pay him for the books but he wouldn't hear of it. I then offered to bring him homemade scones, since I love to bake. He was more than happy to accept that arrangement! Unfortunately, three years later I had to move out of state. We only got to meet one other time while I was in NEPA visiting my family. I will always fondly remember our visits, I was so fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from him. May he rest in peace .
Lisa Griffiths
September 16, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with the Cox' family. I remember reading Dr. Cox's editorials in the newspaper. Sincerely, Doris Gayeski
Doris Gayeski
September 16, 2021
I, too, remember the freshmen eight am lecture in the 70's. Dr Cox was such a genuine person. I made sure that I signed up for all of his classes ,especially Russian history. Dr. Cox was one reason that I became a history major. He was very knowledgeable about a myriad of subjects and could be very funny. My sympathy to the family.
Jeanne Norcross Kravitz
September 14, 2021
Harold was one of the most influential people in my life! My mentor. For tons of reasons! He was the sweetest "curmudgeon" i ever knew. In many ways fatherly. In business, companionship and pleasure, he was not only an influence, but a great and noble friend. My mentor has gone.... I will miss him forever.
Jerry Sparky Pietrosewicz
September 14, 2021
Harold was a dear friend and colleague from my first day on the faculty at Wilkes. Beginning in 1985 when I moved into my office in Capin Hall, he guided me through the Wilkes "culture" in his unique and candid way--the stories were amazing. He was an amazing scholar who lived historiography. His sense of humor could be wicked, which made every day interesting. His leadership within the faculty and faculty-administration was a major factor in righting wrongs when they occurred. He was a visionary who saw potential growth and innovation in many places. That lead to new academic programs at Wilkes, like the Creative Writing Program. When he saw talent in a colleague he helped them with research and course developments. He was the best copyeditor I every met. He was a dear friend who would not be comfortable as I say I loved him and everything he shared with me, my colleagues, the thousands of students he impacted and the University as a whole. You are with me every day, dear friend.
Jane Elmes-Crahall
September 14, 2021
I had Dr. Cox in the mid 1970s at Wilkes. Great professor. Rest in peace.
John Roman Joseph
September 14, 2021
An amazing teacher. A brilliant man
Dr E M Pagliarini
September 13, 2021
I am deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Harold Cox. I first met Dr. Cox in my freshman year at Wilkes in September 1965. Old timers will remember the 8:00 lecture. He made a very significant impression on me that year because he was not your typical college professor. He came to that first lecture wearing ordinary slacks, plain white shirt, an old tie and combat boots. What an attention getter! He took a quick attendance and then started the lecture without the use of notes. He was interesting and funny. That became my favorite class that year. I became a history major because of his influence. I was very fortunate during the 1967-68 school year to become his student assistants. There were two assistants in the department and we were delegated to do the grunt work that teaching assistants have done forever. However, the best thing that came out of being a teaching assistant was that I was able to get to know Dr. Cox as a man. I came to truly appreciate his incredible intellect. One day we were working and he stumbled upon his old GRE test scores. I was interested in them because I was looking at graduate schools. He showed me the results and my jaw dropped. He scored in the 99th percentile across the board. He told me as I was getting ready to graduate that he was getting bored and was considering a PhD in math. During our time together we talked about trains, research, politics, the War in Vietnam, etc. He was very powerful and positive influence on me as a person and a future educator. He taught me a lot during our time together. He taught me a lot of history for sure and he taught me a lot about growing up and becoming a responsible person. I will never forget him. RIP.
Bill Montgomery
September 13, 2021
Most sincere sympathy to the family of Dr. Cox. I was a student of his at Wilkes in the mid 1970s and enjoyed his column in the newspaper. A very brilliant man! One of the few who I enjoyed attending his classes! RIP Dr. COX.
Nick Pappas
September 13, 2021
Harold Cox was a "legend" in our family. My father- who later became a History teacher for over 30 years- considered Dr. Cox his mentor. When my father retired, I arranged for a "surprise" visit from Dr. Cox at my father's retirement party. My father's colleagues watched with emense joy as Dr. Cox "roasted" my father ,complete with my father's grades in hand. Dr. Cox had a profound impact on thousands of Wilkes Alumni and their families. May he rest in peace and may his family and close friends find comfort knowing that his legacy will live on forever. -John Turner's Family-
Erika (Turner) Klick
September 13, 2021
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