Alumni Stories

In Memoriam: 1931-2013

Roger Cox

Athlete, UNM Supporter, and Community Leader

by Mary Conrad

Roger was born in Crownpoint, N.M., and spent his early years on the Navajo reservation, where his father ran a trading post. After graduating from Farmington High School, he came to The University of New Mexico on a football scholarship. He was a four-year letterman in football and earned three letters in track, where he ran on relays for UNM’s legendary track coach Roy Johnson. Roger was inducted into the UNM Hall of Honor in 2009. He had a chance to play professional football after graduating from UNM in 1954, but was drafted into the U.S. Army and served his country for two years.

In 1965, he formed Roger Cox and Associates, a real estate firm. He excelled in business as he did in sports, earning awards and accolades such as New Mexico Realtor of the Year for both Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico. He was a past president of Realtor Association of New Mexico and was the first realtor in the state to earn the prestigious CCIM designation in 1968. Roger also developed the Paa-Ko Ridge and Sandia Park areas.

Roger was an important supporter of UNM over the years. He has seved as president of the Student Lettermen’s Club and the Alumni Lettermen’s Association, and he was a vice president of the Lobo Club, as well as a longtime supporter of the club and a member of the Popejoy Society. He sponsored many UNM athletic events and golf tournaments.

Roger Cox passed away on April 5, 2013.


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