Morton Samuel Cox, Jr. M.D.

March 3, 1934April 21, 2013
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Cox, Morton Samuel, Jr., MD

Dr. Morton S. Cox, Jr., age 79, was welcomed to heaven on April 21, 2013. Beloved husband of Mary Sue, nee Brosnan for 56 years; loving father of Jeffrey Scott Cox, Lisa Ann (Daniel) Byrne; and Morton S. Cox, III; proud grandfather “Papa” of Sam, Jack, and Mary Kate Byrne; fond Uncle to many nieces and nephews; cherished brother-in-law and friend to many. Mort lived his life to the fullest and will be remembered for his love of God, family, friendship, sailing, fishing, laughter, and his insatiable thirst for knowledge. He was born on March 3, 1934 to loving parents Morton S. Cox and Ruth nee Drew, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated from the University High School in Ann Arbor in 1952, received his BS from the University of Michigan in 1956, and graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan School of Medicine in 1960. He went on to do a residency at the U of M from 1961 to 1964 and earned his masters in ophthalmology. He went to Harvard University Medical School and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary for a two year fellowship in diseases and surgery of the retina, then returned to establish and direct the Retina Service in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Michigan Medical School. He was the first trained retinal surgeon in the state of Michigan. In 1979 he joined Associated Retinal Consultants, the premier academic private practice in the United States. He remained there until he retired in 1999 at which time he was section chief of ophthalmic surgery at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. He was a member of several elite retinal organizations such as the Eye Study club, Pine Ridge Eye Study club, the Retina Society of which he was a charter member and a member of the executive committee, The Club Jules Gonin, and the American Ophthalmologic Society. He was also a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and received their senior honor award. He authored several book chapters, 88 scientific papers and taught as a visiting professor at several university ophthalmology programs. He was an adjunct Professor at the U of M Department of Ophthalmology and was honored to present the Alumni Achievement Lecture at the Kellogg Eye Institute last fall. He was a world expert in retinal ocular trauma, optic pit macular disease and took part in multiple government funded clinical trials. This was in addition to training many residents and fellows who continue to care for retinal patients throughout the world today. Dr. Cox’s impact on the practice of retinal ophthalmology will continue to be felt for generations. He will be greatly missed by ophthalmic surgeons for his relevant clinical insights and friendship. Services will be held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, on Saturday, May 4th, at 10:30 a.m. Visitation Friday, May 3rd, 4 to 7 pm at Muehlig Funeral Chapel, 403 South Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Reception to follow at Portage Yacht Club. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 11 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1800, Chicago, Il 60603, or St. James Episcopal Church, 3279 Broad Street, Dexter, MI 48103, where he was an active member.


  • Visitation Friday, May 3, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 4, 2013

Morton Samuel Cox, Jr. M.D.

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October 28, 2013

Mary Sue, sorry to learn of Mort's passing. Although I only met him when we had lunch in New Orleans years ago he impressed me as a very kind and thoughtful person. You and your family will be in our prayers.
C. J. "Buster" and Gayle Swords

October 18, 2013

Dear Dr. Cox family. I was sad to see Dr. Cox's passing. I worked for him at ARC in Ann Arbor and St. Mary's. He was a great Doc to work for. Kind, funny and every lunch I ever got for him was "turkey on whole wheat"! You all are in my thoughts. Lisa Hickok

W. Kumer

August 28, 2013

How sad that I missed my opportunity to thank Dr. Cox for the decision he made ragarding my treatment some 34 years ago. I had thought about driving out to Portage Lake to let him know that his instinctive decision, which went against the convention wisdom at that time, saved my eyesight. I wanted to tell him that that young, newly married 26 year old went on to have a great career, 35 wonderful years of marriage and three great children who have now been through college. All because Dr. Cox was more compassionate than his peers. Additionally, for a young Christian couple like we were, Dr. Cox's spiritual advice meant as much as to us as his medical. God Bless and Keep him.

Deborah (Forde) Barchard

July 30, 2013

How ironic and sad that I should be thinking of you all today. It sounds as if Dr. Cox was as kind throughout his life as I remeember him being when I babysat the "kids" in Belmont. My deepest codolences to you all.

Erika Phillips

July 19, 2013

Dr. Cox, you were a wonder of grace, honor and class. Perhaps not all in this world is as perfect, and without faults as you are.
You were my (best ever) physician for many years while I lived in MI. You will rest with angels.

June 10, 2013

Dear Mary Sue and family,
Peggy just told me about Mort's passing. I am so sorry. I will always have fond memories of him from our early Ann Arbor days. My prayers are with you for comfort and peace. Fondly, Patricia Shipman Rule

May 20, 2013

Mary Sue and family.. Just found Mort's obit today 5/20/13. So sorry for your loss. May the fond memories of Mort's life sustain you through these trying times. Frank Pope

May 4, 2013

Hi MarySue very sad to hear this new,s. I am Lieschen,s sister Pam and remember Mort making pancakes for a big group of people at your home, in AnnArbor, what a fun day we all had.A prayer for your family. Pam Buikema

Julie Jackson

May 3, 2013

Mary sue, Lisa, Jeff and Sam,
The news of Dr.Cox passing hit me hard. What a wonderful man I was lucky to know. Although young, I have many special memories of him at the lake and yacht club. They are alive in my minds eye. I am so sorry for your pain and loss, I know the hurt after just losing my mom. My love and prayers are with you all.

April 30, 2013

Mrs Cox I had the honor of working with Dr Cox for many years.. He was a great surgeon and a truly good man. May God Bless you all.
Elaine Pietrzyk R.N..