Cordelia Cox, a retired consultant on education to the Department of Health, Education and Welfare who also consulted on social work issues for the United Nations, died of renal failure March 5 at a retirement home in Richmond. She had suffered a hip fracture.
She lived in the Washington area off and on from the 1960s until January, when she moved from Goodwin House in Alexandria to Richmond.
She was a native of Tennessee and a graduate of the College of William and Mary. She received a master's degree in social work from the University of North Carolina and honorary doctorates from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania and Upsala College in New Jersey.
She taught at high schools in Southern Virginia and at what is now Virginia Commonwealth University early in her career. For a decade after World War II, she was a director of a Lutheran program that resettled more than 56,000 European refugees in the United States and Canada. .
Until 1961, she was executive secretary of the Lutheran Welfare Council of Metropolitan New York. Until 1974, she was a consultant to such agencies as the Office of Manpower Development and Training of the S0cial and Rehabilitation Service at HEW and a fellowship program of the United Nations.
At 73, she joined the Peace Corps and served in Western Samoa, developing a social science curriculum for secondary schools.
She was a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the board of Wagner College and Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Washington.
Survivors include two sisters Mary Cox Moncure of Richmond and Elizabeth Cox White of Orlando; and a brother, C. Brown Cox of Raymore, Mo.