Index of Memorial Resolutions and Biographical Sketches
ALONZO BETTIS COX
Alonzo Bettis Cox, professor emeritus of marketing, died
on December 25, 1968. He was 84.
Professor Cox was born on April 2, 1884,
in Hamilton County, Illinois. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees fom
The University of Texas at Austin in 1911 and 1914, respectively. He was
awarded a PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1920.
He served as president
of Abilene Christian University in 1911-12. He worked with Texas A&M
University, where he was in charge of the Division of Farm and Ranch Economics.
He worked with the United States Department of Agriculture, directing cotton
marketing research. In 1924-25 he served in Europe as an agricultural economist
for the department.
Professor Cox joined the faculty of UT Austin in 1926,
and retired in 1957. In 1927 he established the Bureau of Business Research,
serving as its director until 1942. In 1947 he created the Natural Fibers
Information Center. The center became internationally acclaimed under his
leadership for a worldwide program that standardized scientific cotton testing.
1927 Professor Cox organized and chaired the Texas Cotton Committee, a policy-making
group. In 1939 he worked with the Texas Cotton Research Congress. In 1942
he assisted the Texas Statewide Cotton Committee in preparing the "Charter
for Cotton," which established economic principles governing the cotton
Professor Cox served on the State Intercollegiate Schools of Business
Administration Committee. He also served on the Texas Postwar Planning Commission
and as a consultant on cotton price fixing for the U.S. government.
Cox authored or coauthored An Economic Study of a Typical
Ranching Area on the Edwards Plateau of Texas (1922), The Cottonseed
Crushing Industry of Texas in its National Setting (1949), and Cotton-Demand-Supply-Merchandising (1952).
Cox addressed the International Cotton Congress on three occasions, in
Prague in 1933 and in Cairo in 1937 and 1951.
In 1987 the University dedicated
the A. B. Cox Memorial Library in his honor. The library contains approximately
1,000 volumes dating from 1847 to 1950, and includes a rare collection
of books on cotton as well as Professor Cox's papers.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo
Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council Web site on January 18, 2001.
Additional biographical sources can be found in Barker Texas History Center
and the New Handbook of Texas, Texas
State Historical Association, 1996.