Past Grand Sage Donald J. Cox (Temple ‘53) passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2023, at the age of 90.
PGS Cox was a very active member of Sigma Pi and served the Fraternity in volunteer roles for many years throughout his life. For the Grand Council alone, PGS Cox served many positions, including Grand First Counselor (1990-1992), Grand Fourth Counselor (1992-1994), Grand Third Counselor (1994-1996), Grand Second Counselor (1996-1998), and Grand Sage (1998-2000). Additionally, he served as Past Grand Sage on the Grand Council from 2000-2002.
His contributions to the Fraternity also included time on the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation board, where he served from 2002-2003 as President and from 2014-2018 when he served as Trustee.
At the local level, PGS Cox also spent many years serving his own chapter, Kappa, as Chapter Director, as well as Theta-Delta in Ewing, NJ. He also guided the Kappa of Sigma Pi Alumni Association from 1994 to 2017. PGS Cox was awarded the Founders’ Award in 2012 for his contributions to the Fraternity, where he stated “I have personally benefited from the educational and leadership opportunities I experienced both as an undergraduate and as an alumnus of Kappa Chapter of Sigma Pi Fraternity.”
In addition to his volunteerism, PGS Cox was also pivotal in creating the Mid-Year Leadership Conference (MYLC), launched during his time as Grand Sage. He committed the initial gift toward an endowment for future funding of MYLC.
Outside of Sigma Pi, PGS Cox truly believed in leadership development. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and was involved in the Council of the Eugene Township.
His professional experience includes working as a purchasing agent for General Motors, owning Revere Travel, Inc., teaching government at Trenton High School, and serving as a financial representative for Investors Capital Corp. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army stationed in Greenland and as a General’s Aide with the New Jersey National Guard.
A wake for PGS Cox is scheduled to take place at the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, located in Pennington, New Jersey, on the evening of Friday, October 27th, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
The funeral Mass will be held on Saturday morning at Incarnation Church in Ewing, New Jersey, beginning at 10:00 AM.