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Juno Irwin Cox (Nov. 22, 1928 - July 2, 2011)


Hall of Fame Diver, Juno Irwin Cox (Nov. 22, 1928 - July 2, 2011) passed away after a short illness.  Juno is the only American diver to have competed in four Olympic Games beginning with London in 1948 and has one  record that may never be broken.  Between each of her Olympic diving stints she mothered a son or daughter and topped this off with a fifth (named for Hall of Famer Vickie Draves) after her diving career was over.


In 1952 Juno won the bronze medal off the 10M platform at the Helsinki Olympics while 3 1/2 months pregnant.  In 1956, she won the sliver medal.  Mrs. Irwin was National AAU 10 Meter Diving Champion in 1955 and 1960 and for 13 years (1947-1960) was ranked in the U.S. top four divers with Hall of Fame diving greats Vickie Draves, Pat McCormick and Paula Jean Myers.  After retiring, she coached at the junior college and college level and later at the University of California (Berkeley).


She was discovered by Hall of Famer Dr. Sammy Lee and was coached by Bud Lyndon. She is survived by her loving husband Phillip Cox, son Michael, daughters Maureen, Cynthia and Victoria. She was preceded in death by her son Randall. She was loving grandmother and great-grandmother to many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be forever loved and missed by her many friends, family and the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

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