Dolly Johnston-Cox to be recognized during Potomac State Homecoming

Potomac State College (PSC) of West Virginia University will recognize Anna ‘Dolly’ Johnston-Cox (nee Kimble) during Homecoming 2014 festivities on Saturday, October 25 with the Distinguished Service Award.  

Alumna Dolly Cox, Class of ’53, was involved with many activities while attending Potomac State where she majored in general secretarial science. During her sophomore year at the College, Cox gained secretarial experience while working in the office of Dr. E.E. Church.  Following graduation, she served as a secretary to Dean K.S. McKee as well. 

Dolly-CoxCox also served in the following capacities: freshman representative for Student Council; vice president of the Sigma Phi Omega Honor Society; parchment editor for the Sigma lota Chi Sorority; secretary/treasurer and president of the Folio Book Club; and was a member of the Potomac State Singers. Additionally, Cox choreographed the 1953 May Day Dances, was a member of the Royal Court at Homecoming and earned an athletic letter as a PSC Cheerleader.

“Today, Dolly is truly an advocate for the College networking with former classmates and encouraging them to return to campus for events such as Homecoming,” said Libby Kalbaugh, Alumni/Development Associate.

After earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree at George Mason University in Virginia, Cox served as an executive stenographer for the United States Air Force in the office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence. She also served as chairman of the Business Department at Woodbridge Senior High School in Woodbridge, Va. and as an instructor for 19 years. Additionally, Cox served as director of religious education at the Broad Street Presbyterian Church in Grove City, Pa.

Cox has also been active in her community, receiving the Team Leader Award from the National Chapter March of Dimes Walk America, for serving as a sponsor for 12 years. She was appointed to the Steering Committee for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. She is a member of the Personnel Committee in her current church. And she has performed over the years with various church choirs.  

Cox and her husband, Norman, reside in Dumfries, Va. and have been serving as Rules Officials for the Mid-Atlantic PGA and Virginia State Golf Association since 2000.

“The 25th Anniversary of the Class of 1953 was an awakening for me of those wonderful years at PSC!” said Cox. “A pact was made to encourage others to attend and the "Early 50s" group continued to grow over the years, resulting in the need for an additional banquet on Friday evening and Sunday breakfast,” she added, “something I look forward to each year.”

The awards banquet will be held in the Davis Conference Center; social hour is at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Libby Kalbaugh at 304-788-6870, or 800-262-7332, ext. 6870 or at libby.kalbaugh@mail.wvu.edu, by Friday, October 17. The cost of the dinner is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.