I want to take a moment and pay my respects to my friend Jerome “Jerry” Cox Jr., who passed away at the age of 97. While it is a huge loss for everyone who knew Jerry and the even larger population who continues to benefit from his innovative work, it is a small comfort to know that he lived such an impactful life and spent his final moments surrounded by his loving family.
Jerry was a computer scientist, pioneer, entrepreneur, and emeritus professor of computer science at Washington University who founded several technology companies. He was an integral part of the St. Louis community, and I had the honor of working with him quite a bit.
His career began near the dawn of the computer age, and he was at the center of many inventions that we use (and often take for granted) in society today. Jerry contributed significantly to biomedical computing, multimedia communications, and computer networking and is responsible for bringing the Laboratory INstrument Computer, or LINC, along with its development team, to Washington University in 1964.
Even though Jerry and I worked in different industries, we shared the same foundational values and passion for bettering our community. Jerry’s family said his upcoming memoir should be available on Amazon soon and is called “Work Hard, Be Kind” – his lifelong motto. As an avid follower of the “golden rule,” I can attest to the validity and reach of Jerry’s motto and how it was undoubtedly a helpful factor in how he transformed the world.
I will always admire Jerry’s unwavering work ethic and achievements that advanced our society. He was a humble man but a force to be reckoned with and will be dearly missed.
Read more about Jerry and his legacy here.