The funeral of Mr. William A. Cox, Sr., architect and civil engineer and a product of the Class of 59, Booker Washington Institute (BWI), will take place at the Martha Tubman United Methodist Church, Weaver Avenue, Paynesville, Montserrado County, on tomorrow, Saturday, March 13, 2021, beginning at ten o’clock a.m.
Mr. Cox was a renowned Liberian civil engineer and architect. His first major project was the Cox Office Complex at Gaye Town, Sinkor Old Road, which was first leased by the Liberian government for the Institute of Public Administration (IPA).
He later did construction work on many government projects, including the Ministry of Finance Annex, which he helped build.
William Cox joined many of his BWI 1959 classmates in the erection, on the BWI campus of the class’s 50th Anniversary Project, the R. Vanjah Richards Memorial Monument, which the Class built in 2009 on the BWI campus. It is acclaimed to be the most beautiful and history-rich monument on the campus. Vanjah Richards taught the Class of ’59 Arts and Crafts during their freshman orientation when they entered BWI in February, 1956.
The then President of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, attended the Class’s 50th Anniversary Celebration on the BWI campus in November 1959. Madam Sirleaf’s then-husband, Doc Sirleaf, taught the class Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC) as well as Agriculture in the 1950s.
The class had four sets of siblings—Ayi and Francis Ajavon, Cyrus and Richelieu Dennis, Marie and Stanley Stewart and Robert and Winston Tubman.
Other classmates included William Cox, Paul Perry, Jerry Sauser, Elijah Taylor, Elsie Weah, Samuel Ricks, Harwene Tyee, Ellen Burke Fallah Prall, Rachel Smith Tubman, Gladys Hampton, Clarence Moore, Robert Phillips, James Kwia, Eric Eastman, Anthony Togba, Thomas Roland, Abayomi Glover, Sneh Gurley, Joe Robertson and Kenneth Best.