Cornelius Van Santvoord Knox – Shelburne

Cornelius Van Santvoord Knox, 92, formerly of Darien, Conn., passed away on July 8, 2013, at Wake Robin. Cornelius was born in Akron, Ohio, on Oct. 9, 1920, the son of Cornelius Van Santvoord Knox Sr. and Gladys Channell Knox. He grew up a Navy brat, living in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New Jersey. He graduated from The Hill School and Princeton University (‘43). In 1943, he married Nancy Cronyn, whom he met at camp in New Hampshire. During WWII, Cornelius served in combat as a forward observer, tank commander, and artillery captain in the field artillery. After the war, Cornelius began a career in the broadcasting industry, working first at NBC-TV at “30 Rock.” In 1955, he switched to the CBS radio network where he had a great career in network sales, retiring in 1986 as VP for Affiliate Relations. Cornelius and Nancy lived in Darien, Conn., for nearly 50 years. He moved to Wake Robin late in 2011 to be near his daughter, Nancy, and her family. When not working, Cornelius was passionate about many leisure activities, especially sailing, skiing, boardsailing, golf, tennis, and bowling. For 40 years he loved the family farmhouse, “Stonegate,” in West Halifax, Vt. In addition to using the house as a base for downhill ski adventures and great winter vacations, he loved to explore the Vermont woods and cut firewood and Christmas trees. He also shared his love of the woods with anyone who would go walking with him in Selleck’s Woods in Darien, and later on the trails in Shelburne. Cornelius is survived by his four children, Wendy Knox Bulkowski (John Bulkowski) of Newark, Del., Holly Knox (Bruce Adkins) of Charlotte, N.C., Scott Knox (fiancée, Tinalyn Caisse) of Franconia, N.H., and Nancy Knox (Thomas Porter) of Burlington, Vt.; sister, Eleanor C. Knox of Hingham, Mass.; six grandchildren, Brian Bulkowski, Julia Wilkowski (Shannon Wilkowski), Jennifer Knox Hastings (Nate Hastings), Wyatt Knox, David and Ian Porter; great-granddaughter, Caroline Zella Wilkowski; nephew, John Parrott of Dousman Wis.; step-grandson, Rob Adkins (Saymai Adkins); and step-great-grandson, Joshua Adkins. He was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Nancy Cronyn Knox, in 2010. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, 4472 Basin Harbor Road, Vergennes, VT 05491, or lcmm.org; or Patient Choices Vermont, 3218 Wake Robin Drive, Shelburne, VT 05482, or patientchoices.org.

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