Thursday, October 6, 2011
VADM J. William Cox, Surgeon General (1980-1983)
John William Cox (1928-2003) joined the Naval Reserve in 1954, interning at Naval Hospital San Diego. He then served at Naval Hospital, Subic Bay followed by a tour at Naval Hospital, Philadelphia. Dr. Cox went to BUMED in 1970 and took command of the Health Sciences Education and Training Command in 1974. He then became commanding officer of the Naval Regional Medical Center, San Diego. VADM Cox became Surgeon General in 1980. During his term he obtained flag rank approval for the Medical Service Corps, developed the fleet hospital and hospital ship concepts, and oversaw the reorganization of BUMED and the Medical Department into the Naval Medical Command.