TIBURON, Calif. - Mr. Frank Fitzgerald Rox, a World War II fighter pilot and retired Delta Airlines executive, died at his home in Tiburon, on December 14, 2001 after a long battle with cancer. He was 78. Mr. Rox was born and raised in Augusta, Ga. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John A. and Ethel Fitzgerald Rox. He was the nephew of the late William T. Fitzgerald. In the South Pacific during World War II he flew TBF torpedo planes and F4U Corsair fighter aircraft off aircraft carriers. As a fighter pilot in the South Pacific, he participated in many historic Naval engagements, such as those in the Mariana Island, Saipan, Tinian, Guam and the Battle for Leyte Gulf. Following his duty, he was a member of the Naval Reserve Training Command staff at the rank of lieutenant. Following his discharge from the Navy, he received his law degree from the University of Georgia, graduating magna cum laude. He was editor of the law review. Mr. Rox had a distinguished career as a corporate lawyer. Before it merged with Delta Airlines in 1952, he was general counsel for Chicago & Southern Airlines. At Delta, he was vice president of law and public affairs. He handled Deltas acquisition of Northeast Airlines in 1973 and later served as senior vice president of flight operations, a position he held until his retirement in 1985. He has been a resident of Tiburon since 1988. He was predeceased by a brother, John A. Rox Jr. His survivors include his wife, Mrs. April Hopkins Rox of Tiburon; one son, Frank F. Rox Jr., Atlanta; one daughter, Mrs. Anita Rox Cooper, Forth Worth, Texas; a brother, William T. Rox, Augusta; two sisters, Mrs. Jane Rox Wheeler, Jacksonville, Fla. and Mrs. Mary Claire Rox Kane, Phoenix, Ariz.; and three grandchildren.
The Augusta Chronicle January 13, 2002