Posted On November 25th, 2010 -


96, author and educator, died on November 13, 2010 in Williamsburg, Virginia. She was born in Helena, Montana on May 11, 1914, to William Mont Robinson and Adelia Geier Robinson. She graduated from John Marshall High School in Richmond, Virginia, returning to Montana to work at Herrmann & Co. and attend Intermountain Union College, graduating in 1935, the year the earthquakes leveled the buildings. She worked briefly in Cleveland, Ohio. She taught two years at Lavina, Montana before marrying Gene H. Cox on June 11, 1938. They first lived near the Lolo Ranger Station before moving to Superior where he was employed in the U.S. Forest Service. Married woman were not allowed to teach at this time so she continued writing having been published briefly in high school, college and while in Lavina.

The couple moved to Hawaii in 1955 with sons William Edward and James Lawrence and daughter Willa Margaret. The family lived from1957 to 1961 in Klamath Falls, Oregon where Gene was employed by the Soil Conservation Service; and Clarice was Assistant Base Educator for the 408th Fighter Group, USAF 1960-61 helping establish the Education Program.

After returning to Hawaii in 1961, Clarice Cox was appointed writer-demonstrator of the Maui Project for the National Institute of Mental Health and the State of Hawaii. Later a move to Honolulu resulted in her working for the English Department, University of Hawaii, Honolulu Community College 1967-1979 and receiving a Masters degree in Educational Communications. At HCC, she developed the first college level police report writing course. Four years and four hundred police later she wrote Criminal Justice: Improving Police Writing, 1977-1987. A revision of this text as Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professionals came out in 1992 with a second edition in 1998 with the collaboration of Honolulu Police Department Major Jerrold G. Brown. In 1995, Instant Teaching Skills was published. She also continued with short articles, having sold over 400 both personal and professional, as well as a few short stories and poems.

Memberships and honors include the 1997 lifetime Achievement Award from the Police Writers Club, federal and state civil service ratings, and memberships in the American Association of University Professors, Academy of Criminal Justice Educators, and Hawaii Criminal Justice Education Association. She was listed in Outstanding Educators of America, 1973, and Who’s Who of America Woman, 1977-78, World Who’s Who of Woman in Education, 1978, and Who’s Who in the West, 1998-99.

She is survived by her son William E. Cox of Oceanside, California; her daughter Willa M. Cox of Astoria, New York; and grandson Colin M. Cox and great-grandson Ethan J. Cox of Sand Point, Idaho.

A memorial service was held on November 18, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Williamsburg Landing’s Woodhaven Skilled Nursing Activities Room.
Memorial contributions may be made to any Hospice organization.
Bucktrout of Williamsburg is in charge of the arrangements.

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