Sue Stout Cox
Fine & Performing Arts
Sue Stout Cox (1948- )
was born in Cedar City, Utah, in 1948 and moved with her family to Las Vegas in 1955. After graduating from Rancho High School, Sue headed back to souther Utah to attend Dixie College, where she gained an appreciation for the fine arts, family education, and science, thanks to the influence of many members of Dixie’s gifted faculty. While at Dixie College, she traveled with the debate team, was involved in student events, and served as a leader of Lambda Delta Sigma, a social organization that promoted fellowship, spirituality, and leadership. By performing in theater productions as a member of the Program Bureau and the theatre department, Sue developed a deep loyalty and devotion to Dixie and was determined to make a difference at her college and in the community.
After earning an associate degree at Dixie, Sue attended Brigham Young University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Education. Shortly after graduating, Sue served a LDS mission in Lima, Peru, where she gained experience that shaped her perspective on the world. Upon her return, she met and married Mervyn Cox, an orthodontist who was practicing in St. George. She started her new life with Mervyn and a ready-made family of four children, eventually adding eight more kids to the family.
Sue, who throughout her life has participated in theatrical and musical performances and has taken on writing and directing projections, firmly believes that the ultimate purpose of the arts is to lift and inspire. So when Dixie College desperately needed a larger facility to meet the needs of a growing cultural audience in the 1980’s, the Cox family was happy to contribute to a cause so important to them. Their generous donation made the 1,200-seat M.K. Cox Auditorium a reality.
Motivated in part by Mervyn’s love for his profession, the couple helped fund the establishment of the dental hygiene program at Dixie and later contributed to the creation of a mobile dental unit. Since opening in 2002, Dixie’s Mervyn K. and Sue Cox Dental Hygiene Clinic has benefited hundreds of students and members of the St. George community. After Mervyn passed away in 2007, the Cox family established the Dr. Mervyn Cox Dental Hygiene Scholarship Fund.
In addition to financially contributing to Dixie, Sue has offered up her time and talents to be a member of multiple campus and community boards. In addition to serving as the co-administrator of the Cox Family Foundation, co-chairwoman of the Jeffery R. Holland Centennial Commons campaign, and chairwoman of the Utah Shakespeare Festival board of governors, she has been a member of the Celebrity Concert Series Board, the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors for Tuacahn Center for the Arts, the St. George Art Commission, and the Utah Arts Multi-Disciplinary Committee.
Sue’s dedication to preserving her late husband’s legacy is a priority to her and she is grateful for their 12 marvelous children and 10 in-laws who are dedicated to raising their combined 48 grounded, loved, and happy children.