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Clayton, NY 13624
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
STATEMENT REGARDING DEATH OF FOUNDER ROBERT O. COX
CLAYTON, New York (June 24, 2013)
Frederick H. Hager, Executive Director of the Antique BoatMuseum (ABM), released the following statement regarding the death of Museum founderRobert (Bob) O. Cox.
We are saddened to share the news of the death of Bob Cox, a tireless leader, visionary, andtrue inspiration. As a founding member of the Antique Boat Auxiliary of the Thousand IslandsMuseum in 1967, Bob would help to capture the history of boating throughout the region byactively seeking ways for preservation. He played a key role as the Auxiliary transitioned intothe Thousand Islands Shipyard Museum, and then in 1990 when it was renamed the AntiqueBoat Museum.Bob served as a Board member for 30 years until 1999, when he was named Trustee Emeritus.In addition, he was the longest serving docent at the ABM, leading tours up until 2011 at theage of 93.The ABM has lost a true mentor, benefactor, and an influential friend of the Museum and theThousand Islands.
In addition to assisting with the foundation of the Museum, Bob helped to organize the firstboat show in 1964. The show will joyfully celebrate its 50
anniversary in 2014.His memories of boating on the river in the 1920s and 30s were foundational to the mission of the Museum, and remained an important part of his contributions. He was a student of local
boating history, and many important boats in the Museum’s collection were found, purchased,
and donated by Bob, including the local raceboats
and George Boldt’s
former numberboat.The knowledge Bob shared with the ABM extends far beyond the Thousand Islands.
While still in college at CalTech, Bob designed the docks for the World’s Fair in New York City in
1938. Ten years later, on a sailing trip, he purchased a former Navy pier in South Florida andfounded the Fort Lauderdale Marina, one of the largest marinas in the world. This put him at
the forefront of America’s growing fascination with boating in the 20th century. In the 1960s
and 70s, he was a championship racer of offshore powerboats alongside the likes of DonAronow, Dick Bertram, and Jim Wynn.