Loyola University Chicago

Department of English

James Charles Cox Memorial Award



Though not a member of the English department, James Charles Cox served its interests in many ways throughout his tenure as the director of the Loyola University Chicago libraries from 1957 to 1971.

Mr. Cox took his undergraduate degree in English literature from Loyola in 1950 after serving with the United States Navy from 1945 to 1946. (He remained in the U.S. Naval Reserve and saw service again in Japan from 1950 to 1952.) He earned his Master in Library Science degree at Rosary College in 1956.

James Cox was well known to the members of the English department, regularly attending its meetings. In the library, he was a hands on director, spending less time in his office than he did on the floors and in the stacks.

Over the course of his career, he witnessed tremendous expansions in the school's services and significant increases in the the libraries' storage capacities. He was also active in professional organizations for librarians and was president of the Catholic Library Association for a number of years.


In Mr. Cox's memory, his widow Dorothy Cox—herself a Mundelein alumna and long-serving Loyola librarian—generously endowed an undergraduate prize to be awarded each year to an English major who achieves the highest level of excellence in English studies while also demonstrating leadership skills and high moral character. The awardee receives a substantial cash prize.