In Memoriam: Gordon Cox

Title: In Memoriam: Gordon Cox

Author: Walt Johnson

Publication: The Outcrop, November 2009, p. 25

The geologic community lost one of its finest members June 12. Gordon Cox was the former Vice President of Exploration for Husky Oil Company in Denver. I worked for Gordon as Chief Geophysicist and Exploration Manager from 1981 until Husky was sold in 1984.

Perhaps the most noteworthy statement that can be made about Gordon was that his values and morals affected every part of his professional life. Gordon was an extemporary gentleman; he was also perhaps the best “log-picking” geologist that I have ever worked with.

Gordon’s early career was with Conoco in both the United States, and later in Canada. After Husky Oil Company, Gordon was an independent geologist, and also did some missionary work in Russia and Africa. About 10 years ago Gordon had a skiing accident that created some health problems which may have precipitated additional health problems. Gordon kept exploring with his characteristic enthusiasm as long as physically possible.

Gordon was born April 6, 1928, and graduated in geology from the University of Tulsa in 1954. He is survived by his wife Lydia, along with numerous children and grandchildren.

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