Anne Cox Chambers, daughter of Governor James M. Cox and board member, passed away at the age of 100.
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Mrs. Chambers was born Dec. 1, 1919 in Dayton, Ohio. She was a business leader, political activist and generous philanthropist. For 33 years, she co-owned Cox Enterprises with her sister and the mother of our Chairman Jim Kennedy, Barbara Cox. Mrs. Chambers was a long-time member of Cox’s board of directors, and past chairwoman of Atlanta Newspapers.
“My aunt leaves behind a remarkable legacy for our family and the many organizations she generously supported with her time and financial gifts,” said Jim Kennedy, Cox Enterprises chairman.
Mrs. Chambers’ influence didn’t stop at Cox Enterprises. She blazed a trail in the business world at Fulton National Bank as the first woman in Atlanta to serve as a bank director. She was also the first woman to be appointed to the board of Atlanta’s Chamber of Commerce and was director of the board of the Coca-Cola Company during the 1980s.
A generous donor and passionate supporter of the arts, Mrs. Chambers has enriched the lives of countless others with her work on the board of nonprofit organizations and contributions to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, Shepherd Center and the High Museum of Art (where a wing is named for her).
She also took great pride in serving as ambassador to Belgium from 1977 to 1981, a post she was appointed to by President Jimmy Carter.
Mrs. Chambers influence on Cox and her work within the community will not soon be forgotten. Moving forward, Cox will continue to uphold her legacy of giving back while growing our businesses for the future.
Mrs. Chambers is survived by three children, Katharine Johnson Rayner, Margaretta Johnson Taylor and James Cox Chambers. Her grandson, Alex Taylor, serves as president and CEO of Cox Enterprises.