April 26, 2014, 9:24 p.m. (ET)

Gene and Robbie Cox

1923 - 2014

In recognition of lifelong service to roller sport

Born in Skidmore, Texas, on July 14, 1923, Robbie Caldwell Cox at age 90 passed away on April 21, 2014 in Mission Woods, Kansas.  Most assuredly, her absence from future  USARS regional and national roller skating championships will be sorely felt by hundreds of skaters who knew, loved and relied on her.  Robbie Cox formed a consortium of roller skating service with husband Gene which spanned a half century.  Robbie and Melville Eugene 'Gene' Cox were married on July 8, 1949, beginning their worthwhile collaboration in roller sports. Gene has  preceded her in death.    

Gene and Robbie Cox were members of the Highland Crest Skating Club in Kansas City and from 1963 through 1973, they skated competitively as Esquire Dance partners.  Gene served as Highland Crest Club President, supported in his responsibilities by Robbie.  Gene and Robbie were soon recognized nationally as certified artistic competitive and test judges and became much in demand, both within and out of the North Central Region.  Both were always ready to do what was necessary and to contribute to success with the organization and supervision of the North Central USARS Region.  They accepted such time consuming challenges for  three decades. 

In the course of their active adult lives as roller skaters and volunteer association officials, Robbie and Gene garnered profusions of love and official accolades: In 1996 Robbie and Gene were individually installed in the USA Roller Sports Distinguished Service Hall of Fame; Robbie was named as the 1990 Shattuck Award winner in recognition of her many years as Chief Clerk at the National Artistic Roller Skating Championships.  Robbie Cox has also served in other capacities as championships official scorer at both Regional and National Championships.


Thousands of competitive roller skaters who attended artistic roller skating events at the USARS National Championships had been personally introduced to Robbie Cox during her many years of service as the Chief Clerk at the National Championships, while husband Gene oversaw the conduct of Artistic events as Chief Referee.