Thomas C. Cox, associate professor emeritus of history at the University of Southern California, died late last year at his home in Pasadena as a result of heart and pulmonary disease. He was 72 years old.
Dr. Cox joined the faculty at USC in 1982 as an assistant professor of history, after teaching at Middlebury College in Vermont. A graduate of the University of Kansas, he held a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in history from Princeton University.
Professor Cox was the author of Blacks in Topeka, Kansas, 1865-1915: A Social History (Louisiana State University Press, 1982) and Everything but the Fenceposts: The Great Plains Grasshopper Plague of 1874-1877 (Figueroa Press, 2010).