Back Page - February/March 2015
In Memoriam: Rev. William E. Cox,
Past Executive Director of the Men’s Center, past editor of Men Talk
The Twin Cities Men’s Center notes with sadness, the passing of Rev. William E. Cox on January 2, 2015. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, January 7, at Faith United Methodist Church in St. Anthony. William (Bill) Cox was an ordained deacon and an elder, and served in New York, West Virginia, Ohio, and Missouri before coming to Minnesota in 1970. In Minnesota, he served an urban parish in St. Paul and in addition to his ministerial duties, he provided training for corporations and private counseling.
In 1973, a small number of men in the Twin Cities, including Bill, were beginning to question the roles that had been placed on them. They formed the Men’s Awareness Network (MAN). By January 1977, this evolved and was incorporated as The Men’s Center. In February of 1977, the first issue of the monthly newsletter of The Men’s Center, Men Talk, was published. It marked the official debut of the new community organization, The Men’s Center (TCMC).
In January of 1981, a new position was created to oversee the day to day operations of the center, and Bill Cox was appointed to the position of director. Under Cox’s leadership from January 1981 to May of 1983, The Men’s Center consistently published the Men Talk newsletter, expanded the number of support groups, trained new facilitators and organized various retreats and activities. In addition, the organization received several grants, which facilitated further growth. In short, the TCMC became what it is today, due in part to the early leadership of Bill Cox. May we continue and expand on that vision.
This history partially excerpted from Men Talking, by Sean Philip Faulk <http://www.tcmc.org/mtalking.html>