Philip N. Cox

Died: Sun., Apr. 24, 2016

Memorial Celebration

2:00 PM Thu., May 12, 2016
Location: UMass Dartmouth, Library, Grand Reading Room

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New Bedford - Philip N. Cox, 61, of Northampton, MA, died Sunday, April 24, 2016, at home.  He was the lifelong companion of Reyes Lazaro.
     Born in Amarillo, TX, the son of Cleo (McMahon) Cox and the late Rev. Jack Cox, he lived in Northampton for 35 years.  A devoted teacher, he was a professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and an activist and scholar.  He taught courses in Ethics, Bioethics, Law, Philosophy of Religion and Political Philosophy.  He was a Union Grievance Officer for the Faculty Federation.  He loved Shakespeare and music, especially Bob Dylan.  He also loved to work out at the gym, take long walks in the woods and go to beaches along the ocean.
     Survivors include his lifelong companion, Reyes Lazaro of Northampton, MA; his mother, Cleo Cox of Austin, TX; and his brother, Steve Cox of Lincoln, TX; and several nieces and nephews.
     A gathering in Philip's memory will be held at 2 P.M., on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at UMass Dartmouth at the library, Grand Reading Room.
     In lieu of flowers, charitable gifts may be made to The UMass-Dartmouth Foundation/Phil Cox Philosophy Scholarship Fund, 285 Old Westport Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747.  The scholarship will support UMass-Dartmouth students on the basis of need.
     Arrangements are with Machnowski Funeral Home, 472 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford.  For condolences, please visit

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   Posted Sat April 30, 2016
My condolences to Mr Reyes. Mr Cox was my PHIL 214 Professor, and I was blessed to have met his company. He inspired me to think outside of the box. Allowed every student to have an opinion no matter what, but most of all, he was a story teller and enjoyed sharing his lifelong passion and knowledge of philosophy. MR Cox will be deeply missed, he has touched many.


Alcina Galego
   Posted Sun May 01, 2016
My deepest condolences to Phil's family, colleagues, students and friends. He was greatly admired by his students. Always took the time to talk to me in the halls, ask me how I was doing and brighten my day with a joke. Will be truly missed by all whose life he touched. May God strengthen his family during this most difficult time. "To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is never to die". Let us keep his memory alive.

carol bullock
   Posted Sun May 01, 2016
he will dearly me..

Andrew Savage
   Posted Sun May 01, 2016
I would like to first express my deepest condolences to Ms. Lazaro and the rest of Dr. Cox's family. Phil Cox was always one of my favorite professors, he could bring a smile to everyone's face and always expressed great passion and knowledge in what he taught. I was deeply saddened when I learned of his passing as were so many students and faculty at UMD because he truly impacted so many people for the better. Dr. Cox will always be remembered and greatly missed.

carol bullock
   Posted Sun May 01, 2016
i spent the last 4 months with talking with him...e-mails sharing music and him coming to Austin for over 16 days .. then he sent me a ticket to come see him...he was my first as ii was his... he sent me a gift and card for the last 40 years...i will miss him forever.

carol bullock

Nancy deProsse
   Posted Mon May 02, 2016

I am so saddened by this news. We former GEO activists we're looking forward to seeing him. My thoughts are with you at this time.

Jen Riley, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, UMass Dartmouth
   Posted Thu May 05, 2016
On behalf of UMass Dartmouth's College of Arts & Sciences, I send condolences to Phil's family and friends. Phil will be much missed by his students who he loved teaching and impacted greatly.

Pam Smith
   Posted Thu May 05, 2016
Phil was my cousin. I am very saddened to hear of his passing. Many prayers for Aunt Cleo and Steve. He will be missed

   Posted Thu May 05, 2016
My cousin Phil was greatly admired. May you rest in peace. Wish I could have swapped teaching stories with you more often.

Donald Burgo
   Posted Thu May 05, 2016
Professor're going to be missed ....sincerest sympathy from your neighbor @225...Acushnet Ave...Moe...Gwen...

Emilie Woodward
   Posted Sun May 08, 2016
Phil was a kind, generous, brilliant old soul. I so enjoyed working with him at GEO all those years ago. I am one of many who will miss this fine human being. My heart goes out to Reyes and Phil's family.

Tris Carpenter
   Posted Tue May 10, 2016
To Reyes and the rest of Phil's family, you are in my thoughts tonight.

I met Phil when I started working as one of GEO's first TAs in 1992. Although he was kind of my boss, Phil was really a friend and a mentor. I am so sorry to hear of his passing; I was really hoping to see him when I was at UMASS for the GEO event. I've thought of those times very fondly over the years, and I wish I had kept in touch with him after I moved to Connecticut.

Phil was truly one cool cat and will forever be on my all-time list of favorite people.....

Spencer Ladd
   Posted Wed May 11, 2016
Phil and I were hired at UMass Dartmouth the same year. He was such a wonderful person. It was a good day and great conversation when I had the good fortune to see him. I will miss his loving spirit.

Paul Abbott
   Posted Wed June 01, 2016
I extend my sincerest condolences to Reyes and Phil's relatives. Phil, Kate and Danny were great companions back on Prospect Street in Northampton. I am especially grateful for their help in 1990.

Phil's taste in music was exquisite as was his recipe for chili con carne, among other dishes. I have tried, and will continue to try as long as I cook, to reproduce his chili. May I one day get it, perhaps because Phil and Danny and Kate finally let me get it.

Phil's interpretations of the work of Son House, Howlin' Wolf and Magic Sam are branded in my memory. Our summer evenings on Danny's screened porch, up among the leaves of the trees at the back, were blessed. Phil's companionship was broad, good-humored and considerate.

Rest in peace Phil.

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