In Memory of Professor James Cox

(known as Jimmie)

10th May 1924 - 9th June 2016

It is with great sadness to announce the death of Jimmie Cox, former student  and member of staff of the Oxford School of Architecture on Thursday 9th of June 2016 in his home in Savannah Georgia at the age of 92. He became a distinguished Professor in Architectural History at both the University of Virginia and SCAD , the Savannah School of ART and Design.

Jimmy Cox last visit to Oxford from Savannah, Georgia was on Sunday 6th of April 2014 to celebrate his 90th Birthday. He was met by Nigel Hiscock and Geoffrey Randell both of whom shared the distinction of being both students and tutors at the Oxford School of Architecture. Jimmy was teaching here in the 1950’s and 60’s and was the first Oxford tutor to teach in the USA at the University of Virginia where he became a distinguished professor in History and Theory. He eventually retired to Savannah Georgia where he now lives. He was a long running Secretary of the Doric Club and organised the Doric Club meeting at the Town Hall, Oxford in May 1955 chaired by our then Honorary President John Henry Brookes whose name now marks the new University in Oxford.

At the Ashmolean, he was presented with a triptych memo entitled 'The 3 musketeers of the Doric Club' covering 70 years history of the Doric Club and the Oxford School of Architecture. See both the framed presentation attached photos of the occasion at the Ashmolean on the 6th of April. On his way back he stopped at the new John Henry Brookes building and the Glass Tank housing the new Oxford School of Architecture.

The Oxford School of Architecture will greatly miss Jimmie Cox, one of its founding fathers who together with Reginald Cave and John Henry Brookes helped  to build the reputation of one of the best Schools of Architecture in this country. He became the first member of staff from the Oxford School to be appointed Professor in America and he had the Oxford School always at heart.

He was delighted to be back and see the new School at the John Henry Brookes University and witness its  phenomenal progress over the years.

Byron Mikellides,
Doric Club Secretary

Newspaper Obituary notice

James A.D. Cox

James Aubrey Douglas Cox was born the 10th of May, 1924 in Herne Bay, Kent, England. He was affectionately called Jimmie and also Jim, especially after he moved to America in 1967 to teach Architecture at the University of Virginia School of Architecture in Charlottesville.

A beloved faculty member of the department of Architectural History for more than two decades, Jim served as a professor, mentor, and friend to countless students. Jim was a lover of books, music, opera, theatre, and the visual and domestic arts.

Among his many accomplishments, he was made fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1969, he was founding secretary of the John Roysse Lodge, Abingdon, England, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, and he was initiated into the Raven Society of the University of Virginia in 1984 and received the Raven award in 1990.

Jim retired to Savannah, Georgia in 1990 and immediately donated 450 cherished books to the then-struggling Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) architecture program. Soon thereafter the University of Virginia conferred upon him the title of Professor Emeritus.

He worshiped at Saint John’s Episcopal Church and wrote two books on Savannah which helped support the missions of Christ Church and the Historic Savannah Foundation. He greatly enjoyed entertaining in his 1853 townhouse on Calhoun Square. Jim downsized in 2007 to Tattnall Street, where he passed away peacefully in his sleep of natural causes on June 9th, 2016. He was 92. A Burial Office and Committal at Cremation was conducted by Father Craig O’Brien of Saint John’s Episcopal Church.

A tribute to Jim’s long and productive life, including his service in WWII, and his London, and Oxford/Abingdon years, will be held in an international celebration of his life being planned by family and friends. This will be scheduled at a date to be announced.

Jim is survived by his friend, partner, and spouse Ron Melander whom he met on New Year’s Day, 1981. Also surviving him are the four children of his deceased brother Ron: a niece Frances (Bobby) Khouri of Abingdon, and three nephews; Charles (Biz) of Wolverhampton, and twins John (Jo) of Yeovil and James (Denise) of Durham. His Iggulden cousins also survive him along with all the delightful members of the younger generations of the family. Jim was especially pleased when a great-grand niece was born on his mother’s birthday, November 8th, 2010 and named Constance May Cox after her. Jim’s mother died in Savannah in her 99th year in 1991.