Dr. Theodore Sullivan Cox, 53, dean of the law school at the College of William and Mary and a veteran of World Wars I and II, died Saturday at McGuire Veterans Administration Hospital after a long illness.

The funeral service will be held at 5 P.M. Monday in Wren Chapel of the College of William and Mary with burial Tuesday in Arlington National Cemetery.

A native of "Emory Place" Washington, D.C., Dr. Cox went to William and Mary in 1930 as professor of jurisprudence and head of the department which is the oldest law school in the United States.

During World War II, Dr. Cox Served as civil affairs officer while attached to military commands in North Africa, Sicily, France and Germany and worked in phases of civil affairs administration and military government of occupied territories during his almost three years of overseas duty. He was separated from the Army June 30, 1946 with the rank of lieutenant-colonel.

Wins Bronze Star

Dr. Cox was awarded the Bronze Star Medal Feb. 11, 1946 for meritorious performance of his duties in connection with military operations as liaison officer and instructor in military government on temporary duty with the French army. He was called to active military duty Nov. 13, 1942, with the rank of captain.

The son of the law William Vanzandt and Juliett Hazelton Cox, Dr. Cox received his bachelor of arts degree from University of Michigan. Immediately afterwards he entered the Army and was commissioned first lieutenant in the field artillery. A year later, while in France, he was promoted to captain.

After his return in the United States, Dr. Cox entered law school at University of Virginia and received his doctor of law degree from there in 1922.

The same year, he joined the faculty of Virginia and remained there until 1925 when he went to Stanford University for two years of research work. He later studied at John Hopkins University.

On June 20, 1931, he married Miss Christiana Osbourne Jones, of Washington, who survives. They have no children.

Dr. Cox was a delegate to the International Congress of Comparative Law at The Hague in 1932 and 1937. He formerly was president of the Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce, was president of the Williamsburg-Jamestown-Yorktown Association and served as a director of the Williamsburg Planning and Zoning Commission, the Tidewater Automobile Association and the Williamsburg Court Season a once-colorful Fall pageant.

While serving in Sicily, he was elected to honorary membership in the Messina, Sicily Bar Association for the "humanity, serenity and objectivity together with the profound judicial acumen which you have left impressed on the administration of justice in our province."

He held membership in Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Sigma Upsilon, Phi Kappa Phi, American Bar Association, Virginia Bar Association, American Judicial Society and the American Historical Association.

He has published various articles in law periodicals.


Document Type

News Article

Publication Information

Richmond Times-Dispatch at 24 (May 11, 1947)