ST. GEORGE — In honor of a graduate and Dixie State College Hall of Fame inductee, school officials have set up a scholarship fund.

Mervyn Kay Cox, a prominent St. George entrepreneur and Dixie benefactor, passed away suddenly on Dec. 15, at age 71. Cox was a former president of the college's "X Club," charter member of the Dixie College Foundation, namesake for the M.K. Cox Auditorium, Dr. Mervyn and Sue Cox Dental Hygiene Clinic, and various donations throughout the college.

As the first practicing orthodontist in St. George and southwestern Utah, Cox was "a man of a million smiles," said DSC Associate Vice President of Advancement George F. Whitehead. "Dr. Cox will be deeply missed but leaves with each of us his perpetual smile."

Whitehead said Cox's generosity and commitment to the students at DSC will keep his spirit alive for years to come.

Cox is survived by his wife, Sue, 12 children and 25 grandchildren, soon to be 27. Donations to the Mervyn Cox Scholarship Fund may be made to Dixie State College, c/o George F. Whitehead, 225 S. 700 East, St. George, Utah 84770. For more information call 435-652-7536 or e-mail