When he arrived in 1970 for his new job at the Experimental Aviation Association in its then-home of Hales Corner, Wisconsin, Jack Cox surely had no idea what changes he'd see at the organization, watching it grow from a still-homey grassroots homebuilding enthusiast group with a big summer gathering to a world-class sport and personal aviation organization. Cox passed away last week after an extended illness near his home in North Carolina. He was 77.
During his nearly 30-year tenure at EAA, Cox created a look and feel for Sport Aviation that bridged the many diverse interests of EAA members. He was also responsible for the organization's Vintage Airplane publication, which featured news and stories about antique and classic aircraft, while for many years putting out the well regarded Sportsman Pilot quarterly sport flying magazine, which he continued to produce until his passing.