July 6, 2022


Sally and John Cox ’81 are well versed in identifying the needs of others and finding ways to serve them. Both raised by parents who gave back to their communities, the Washington, D.C.-based couple knows the importance of selfless service, including supporting each other’s careers and alma maters.

"Selfless service is providing an unconditional offering, whether it’s time or money, and hoping it provides a benefit to others without any gain for yourself. You see a need, and you address it.”

This statement, shared by Sally and John, holds special meaning because, to them, it’s not just flowery language—it’s a way of life. 

A Labor of Love 

Sally, a Virginia Tech graduate, is the COO and CFO of Central Union Mission, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., founded in 1884 to serve homeless Civil War veterans. An accounting graduate, she didn’t expect to use her education the way she does. On any given day, you can find Sally balancing the books by morning and rebuilding men’s bathrooms for the shelter by afternoon. “When I started this job, I had no idea how touching the work would be,” she shared. “I thought I’d be there for two years, but almost a decade has passed because I became invested in our mission.” 

Interested in planning a gift to support Aggie ACHIEVE or another campus program? Contact Kelly Corcoran '95 at the bottom of this page.