Edith Eileen Cox, 62, a visiting professor of nursing education for the World Health Organization and a former assistant professor of nursing at Catholic University here, died of cancer Monday at a hospital in Park Ridge, III.

Miss cox, who lived in Washington was visiting relatives at the time of her death.

She joined WHO in 1977 and was serving her third assignment as visiting professor of nursing education at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, when she became ill last year.

Miss Cox came to Washington in the early 1950s and earned a master's degree from Catholic University's School of Nursing in 1953.

From 1956 to 1971, she was an assistant professor of nursing at Catholic University. She then worked as a private duty nurse at Washington Hospital Center, before joining WHO.

Miss Cox was born in Hoven, S. D., and reared in Seneca, S. D. She graduated from the nurse's training school at St Joseph's Hospital in Deadwood, S. D., in 1937, and earned a bachelor's degree with honors from St. Mary's College at Notre Dame, Ind., in 1948.

In 1945 and 1946, she served as a second lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps.

She was a consultant to the Sigma Theta Tau honorary nursing society, a member of the American Nurses Association and an associate of the Smithsonian Institution.

Survivors include a sister, Marguerite, of Elk Grove Village, III., and two brothers, James M., of Grand Junction, Colo., and W. Bertrand, of Scottsdale, Ariz.