ROBERT WAR­BUR­TON COX

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Died on the 9th of Oc­to­ber, 2018. Born in Mon­treal to Gre­gory War­bur­ton Cox and Edythe Crombie, he went to McGill, grad­u­at­ing in 1948. Fol­low­ing which, with his new bride Jessie Rankin Gunn, he went to Geneva, Switzer­land, to em­bark on a ca­reer at the In­ter­na­tional Labour Of­fice dur­ing which he trav­elled ex­ten­sively around the world. He re­turned to North Amer­ica in 1972, first to New York where he taught at Columbia Uni­ver­sity, and then to Toronto where he was a pro­fes­sor of po­lit­i­cal science at York Uni­ver­sity. He was ap­pointed a mem­ber of the Or­der of Canada in 2014 for his con­tri­bu­tions to the field of in­ter­na­tional po­lit­i­cal econ­omy. In the course of his ca­reer he held vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor­ships at the Grad­u­ate In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies in Geneva, the Uni­ver­sity of Den­ver, Laval Uni­ver­sity, Yale Uni­ver­sity, the Uni­ver­sity of Toronto, the Aus­tralian Na­tional Uni­ver­sity, the Euro­pean Uni­ver­sity In­sti­tute in Florence, Italy, and the United Na­tions Uni­ver­sity in Tokyo. He was beloved by gen­er­a­tions of stu­dents. Much has been writ­ten about his work and his in­tel­lec­tual con­tri­bu­tion to the field of in­ter­na­tional po­lit­i­cal econ­omy. A uni­ver­sal com­ment res­onates: the strength of his con­tri­bu­tion came from an in­de­pen­dence of mind that chal­lenged ac­cepted con­cep­tions. He con­sis­tently em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of un­der­stand­ing the cul­tural be­liefs of oth­ers, cre­at­ing a space for sel­f­re­flec­tion and tol­er­ance among cul­tures. His in­tel­lec­tual pur­suits in no way di­min­ished his plea­sure in keep­ing good com­pany, en­joy­ing the good things in life, and hav­ing a good laugh. He was pre­de­ceased by his wife of 58 years, Jessie Gunn, and his son-in-law Dou­glas Hahn. He is mourned by his part­ner Hongy­ing Wang and her chil­dren Fan and Patrick Rose­nau; by his daugh­ters Su­san and Janet Cox and his sons-in-law Mas­simo Formica and Michael Mackey; by his grand­sons Fraser and Alex Hahn; and by his many col­leagues and stu­dents.

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