Dr. Mervyn K. Cox

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Dr. Mervyn K. Cox (1936-2008)

was born in St. George, Utah, and raised on his family’s dairy farm. He was a graduate of Dixie High School, where he lettered in four sports and was region champion in tennis. He received his associate of science degree from Dixie College, where he served as president of the “X” Club, and was active in sports and a dancer in Marion Bentley’s productions of “Kiss Me Kate” and “Brigadoon.” He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Zoology, and was member of the “Blue Key Honor Society.”

After graduation he chose dental school over a chance to fly with the United States Air Force. He received his DDS degree from the University of California in San Francisco, where he graduated second in his class. He was honored with the Mosby Excellence in Scholastic Achievement Award and was a member of the National Dental Honor Society. Dr. Cox returned to St. George as the first practicing orthodontist in southwest Utah. He is a charter board member of the Dixie College Foundation and has also served a term as its president. He was an original investor in Skywest Airlines in 1972, and served on its board of directors for 28 years.

Dr. Cox and his family are major benefactors of Dixie State College, and his generous gifts have made possible for the M.K. Cox Auditorium, the Dr. Mervyn and Sue Cox Dental Hygiene Clinic, the family fountain sculpture garden, and carpeting for the Browning Library. He married the former Sue Stout and they are parents of 12 children.