Everard F. Cox

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Everard F. Cox (1920-)

Everard F. Cox was born in St. George and graduated from Dixie College in 1941. That same year he joined the Naval Aviation Cadet program and was commissioned a Naval aviator in 1942. During a year of combat flying in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean, he was credited with destroying nine Japanese aircraft and a direct hit on a Japanese heavy cruiser. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and nine Battle Stars on the Asiatic Pacific ribbon.

Following World War II, he returned home and was recognized as the Outstanding Science Student at Dixie College in 1948. After earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in 1951, he entered the University of Maryland Medical School. He was class president and president of the Rush Honor Society. He returned to the Navy for internship and received a second Naval commission in the Medical Corps. Upon completion of a surgical residency program at Maryland (1960), he became a senior surgeon at the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. During his professional career, he was Professor of Surgery at Maryland, the Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas, and the University of Miami, Fla., as well as Director of Surgery at the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medicine. He has been awarded three U.S. Patents for a medical device he created. He married his childhood sweetheart, Lela Sullivan, in 1942, and they are the parents of two sons, both surgeons, and three daughters.