Auction “legend,” oldest-living past President was humble professional

Wilcox, with wife, Fern, and Wilbur Mull

Wilcox, with wife, Fern, and Wilbur Mull

Living as a true professional

Members remember one of the National Auctioneers Association’s earliest leaders as a “legend” and “hero” in the auction industry.

Harris Wilcox, CAI, of Bergen, N.Y., who was the NAA’s president in 1957-58 and an NAA Hall of Fame inductee in 1965 died July 17. He was 91.

Wilcox was president of Harris Wilcox Inc., Bergen, and owner of Craiglen Farm. Wilbur Mull, CAI, AARE, CES, of Classic Auction Co. Inc., Athens, Ga., knew Wilcox as a humble person who would look others in the eye.

“He was professional, he knew what he was doing, and he ran the sales that way,” Mull says.

Dennis Kruse, CAI, of Kruse & Associates, Auburn, Ind., echoes Mull’s assessment of Wilcox and says the oldest-living past President handled himself in such a manner that commanded respect. Wilcox was excellent in his use of vocabulary, Kruse says.

“The way he walked and talked, he just exuded respect,” Kruse says. “He was one of those guys I looked up to.”

Wilcox auctioned cattle, horses, real estate and antiques. He sold cattle in about 35 states and Canada.

Read the whole story from Auctioneer magazine here.

Read his full obituary here.

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