Over five years ago, Dr. Jay Cox, a Depoe Bay resident and a member of the Lincoln City Rotary, spoke to a crowded room about his first hand experience with the autopsy of President John F. Kennedy. On Wednesday, May 8 at Salishan, Dr. Cox once again educated a full room of Lincoln County citizens.

Dr. Cox spoke to the Lincoln City Rotary Club and several other community members, with the total attendance exceeding 100. Dr. Cox was the Officer of the Day at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland and in his presentation he detailed exactly what he witnessed that night. Dr. Cox highlighted how many of the conspiracies formed and said that although some of the details from that day are a bit foggy now, others are clear as day, such as the raw emotion he saw on Jackie Kennedy’s face at the hospital.

“Memories tend to fade after 50 plus years,” Dr. Cox said. “But seeing how stunned Jackie was in that moment is something I will never forget.”

Among those in attendance for Dr Cox’ historical recollection were several teachers from the Lincoln County schools including Samantha Murphy of Newport High School.

“There is very little that can replace the power of an eyewitness to history,” Murphy said. “Listening to Dr. Cox share his story was a valuable and enriching experience as an educator. It just makes you a better teacher.”

Also in attendance was Taft Elementary student Kol Tolan, who supposedly spent the entire evening after the talk researching JFK more in depth.

“I loved hearing specific information about an event that involved one of our presidents,’ Tolan said.

Lincoln City Rotary President David Price thanked Dr. Cox for educating the group and joked that they’ll be looking forward to his speech again in another five years.


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