Rice Institute football player John L. Cox
Black and white photograph of Rice Owls football player John L. Cox, accompanied by text headlining his achievement of the Distinguished "R" Award. Caption reads: One of the men most responsible for Rice University’s tremendous growth in prestige and finances during the second half of the 20th century is alumnus JOHN L. COX (class of 1945). A successful businessman, highly respected trustee and devoted fan of the University, the “R” Association was proud to name him their Distinguished “R” Man for 1994. Cox graduated from Rice University in 1945 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. While at Rice, he received two letters as a member of some of coach Jess Neely’s initial Owl squads (1943-44). Following graduation, the Midland native enlisted in the Navy and also began a career as a petroleum engineer with the Stolind (now Amoco) Oil and Gas Company. In 1952, he went into business for himself as an independent oil and gas operator and producer. Mr. Cox was a vociferous supporter and fundraiser for his alma mater. He also served as a member of the Rice University Associates, a basic support group for the school. On June 19, 1977, Cox was named a team member of the Board of Governors of the University. He served in that capacity for four years before entering a one-year stint as governor advisor. In August of 1982, Cox became the first trustee of Rice to live outside the city of Houston since the death of the school’s founder, William Marsh Rice. As a member of the Board of Trustees, Cox helped oversee a phenomenally successful growth period in Rice annals. During his tenure, Cox and his fellow trustees hired Dr. George E. Rupp and Dr. Malcolm Gillis as the school’s fifth and sixth president, respectively; organized the universally respected 1990 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations held on the beautiful campus; and approved the construction of many new and prestigious buildings.
Rice University Distinguished "R" Award (poor quality image)
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