Georgia Borden Cox, 93, native of Watertown


Georgia Borden Cox, 93, died on March 18 at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, following a stroke.

During her last months, she lived at Ives Hill retirement community on Jewell Drive in Watertown, and prior to that, in Chaumont and Fort Lauderdale, Fl.  Earlier residences included Pittsburgh, PA, New York City, and Washington, D.C.; but always, she spent several months a year in the North Country, at her lake cottage in Chaumont and among her extended family on Wellesley Island on the St. Lawrence River.

Born on April 20, 1919, Georgia was the second daughter and middle child of George Gifford Inglehart, Vice-President of the Agricultural Insurance Company, and Rhea Grems Inglehart, both of Watertown. Like her mother and older sister, Georgia attended Watertown High School and Smith College, where she graduated with a BA in Music in 1941.  On June 12 of 1942 she wed William Liscum Borden (of Washington, D.C., and Chaumont, NY).  For three years, Borden piloted Air Force bombing missions out of England while Georgia waited on bases in Texas and California. In 1948, the couple settled in Washington, D.C., where Liscum, having completed a law degree, served as legislative secretary to Senator Brien McMahon (D-Ct) and then as executive director (1949-1953) of the Joint Atomic Energy Commission which McMahon chaired. From there, with the strong support of Admiral Rickover, Liscum went on to manage the atomic power division of Westinghouse Electric Company, a move that took the family to Pittsburgh; then to Geneva, Paris, New York City, and back to Washington.  In D.C., Georgia became licensed to sell commercial real estate and her success in this field helped sustain her after she was unexpectedly widowed in 1985.

A high school romance, re-kindled decades later when both had lost their spouses, brought Georgia together with Robert “Blink” Cox, also originally from Watertown but then Mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Florida (1986-1992) and the guiding force in making Fort Lauderdale the boating capital of Florida. (He was also for decades a Trustee of the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton.)  After a long courtship, the couple married in 1999 and divided their time between Fort Lauderdale, Chaumont, and Grindstone Island, where Cox has a summer property.  

Georgia was an accomplished pianist, an ardent bridge player, a devoted reader, a passionate conversationalist, and a woman of consummate taste.  Beautiful and chic, she brought elegant style to her personal attire, home furnishings, gardens, flower arrangements, cooking and writing; her lively letters were treasures of epistolary style.  A dedicated musician, she played piano duets with friends, attended concerts, sang rounds with anyone willing and whistled as she worked.
Georgia is survived by her husband Robert O. Cox; her sons Henry Stevens Borden and William Cline Borden, both of Chaumont; daughters-in-law Linda and Paula Borden, dear friend Laurie Borden; and five grandchildren. She also leaves eight great grandchildren and many devoted nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her older sister, Delia Inglehart Briggs, and her younger brother, George Gifford Inglehart, Jr., former State Supreme Judge.

Services will held later in the spring. The family asks that donations be made in Georgia’s name to the Lyme Community Foundation, PO Box 601, Chaumont, NY 13622.

Arrangements are with Becker-Cleveland Funeral Home, Chaumont, NY.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
, Watertown, NY
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