Obituaries for residents of the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
William Cox, co-founder of the magazine
William Cox, 79, co-founder and CEO of Miscellaneous: Issues in Higher Education magazine and its accompanying website, diverseeducation.com, died March 21 at his home in Clifton, Va. The cause was corticobasal degeneration, a neurological disorder, said his son, Will Cox.
Dr. Cox was born in Pensacola, Fla., And raised in Bay Minette, Ala. Prior to founding the magazine in 1984 – then known as Black Issues in Higher Education – he was the supervisor of continuing education, counseling and training programs for the Air Force Department. The publication was renamed in 2005 when the coverage came to include other minority groups. Dr. Cox received many professional awards.
Edwin McCaffrey, NOAA officer
Edwin McCaffrey, 92, a member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Commissioned Officer Corps from 1952 to 1982 and who had the rank of captain, died April 19 at the home of a daughter in Gales Ferry, Connecticut. The cause was complications from Parkinson’s disease, said one son, Robert McCaffrey.
Captain McCaffrey was born in Leominster, Massachusetts. At NOAA, he led ships and was involved in helping map the Pacific Ocean floor. His last job was at the National Ocean Survey as a specialist assistant for engineers responsible for analyzing engineering support requirements for NOAA’s fleet. After his NOAA retirement, he was a systems engineer for state-owned contractor OAO Corp., working on the lens for the Hubble Space Telescope, his family said. A few years ago, he moved to Wolfeboro, NH, from Wheaton, Md.