Louis Anthony Cox, 91, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at the home of his daughter, Elizabeth Cox Mound, in Redding, Connecticut, where he had been staying since the death of his beloved wife, Frances McKee Dunn Cox, on March 15, 2016.
Louis was born on February 22, 1925, one of seven children and the son of the late Frances Perkins Cox of Windsor, Vermont and of the late Archibald Cox, who lived with his wife until his death in 1932 in Plainfield, New Jersey. Louis’s ancestors and relatives included his grandfather, William Maxwell Evarts, who defended President Andrew Johnson in his impeachment trial; his uncle Maxwell Perkins, editor of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway; and his brother Archibald Cox, Special Prosecutor during the Watergate incident leading up to the resignation of President Nixon. Louis was the beloved husband of Frances McKee Dunn Cox, to whom he was married for 60 years. Louis is survived by his children Louis Anthony “Tony” Cox, Jr., Frances “Nancy” Cox Harris, Elizabeth McKee Cox Mound, Jane Davenport “Jenny” Cox, and Katherine Eddy Cox and their families.
Louis served as a lawyer for Covington and Burling, the Pentagon, and the United States Postal Service, where he became General Counsel. He introduced important principles into the governance of the Postal Service, including helping to establish it as an independent agency; for this and other contributions, he was recognized with the Postal Service’s highest award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, in 1990.
Louis was a devoted and much-loved husband, father, and grandfather. His wisdom, kindness, intelligence and insight, strength and integrity of character, firm adherence to moral principles, tremendous wit and humor, and profound learning made him a favorite counselor not only for his family but also for many of their friends. He loved history, classical music and opera, chess, and great literature, and was very well read in classical and modern works on Roman, European, and American history. In retirement, he discovered a talent for designing and crafting beautiful and ingenious hand-made furniture.
Before moving to Martinsburg in 1990, Louis lived for over three decades in McLean, Virginia, where he raised his family. Louis was a graduate of the St. Paul’s School and of Harvard University and the Harvard Law School. He delighted in his children and grandchildren and loved his wife and extended family above all else. Louis is survived by eleven grandchildren: Emeline Cox, Virginia Harris, Kevin Harris, Jr., Caroline Harris, William Mound, Katie Mound, Henry Mound, Tony Blum, Anna Blum, Dani Blum, and James Cox-Donovan.
A funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, July 16, 2016 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Hot Springs, Virginia.