Lee Sheridan Cox
Medieval, Renaissance Scholar
Lee Sheridan Cox, a scholar of English Literature and one of the first female professors of English at The Ohio State University, died March 17, 2013. She was a resident of the Bickford Cottage in Crawfordsville, IN at the time of her death. Prof. Cox was born eight miles away, in Darlington, on October 19, 1916 to Georgia P. and Royal B. Cox. She graduated from DePauw University in 1938 and received her PhD in English Literature from Indiana University in Bloomington in 1962. During the 1940’s and 50’s she taught high school English in many Indiana towns including Argos, Winamac, Alexandria, Greencastle, and Lebanon. At OSU she moved up the professorial ranks and became full professor in 1973. Professor Cox was honored and named an Emeritus Professor after she retired in 1980. She lived in Columbus, Ohio until 2011 when she moved to Crawfordsville.
Prof. Cox was the author of several notable articles including “A Question of Order in Canterbury Tales,” which appeared in 1967, in the Chaucer Review; and “Figurative Design in Hamlet,” published in 1973 by The Ohio State University Press. While teaching at Lebanon (IN) High School she published “A Simple Incident” in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, which won an annual award in 1955 for best short story. Prof. Cox later turned the tale into the engaging Andy and Willie mystery, published by Scribner’s in 1967.
Prof. Cox is survived by her sister Patricia Hedges of Jefferson City, MO. A second sister and two brothers predeceased Prof. Cox. She also leaves four nieces, two nephews and a supportive cousin.
A memorial service is planned for Sunday, May 19 at 2:00 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Darlington, IN.