Scriptwriter Dan Wilcox, who had a hand in writing 17 episodes of M*A*S*H, will receive the 2017 Morgan Cox Award from the Writers Guild of America West at a ceremony on February 19th. According to the Writers Guild Awards website, the Morgan Cox Award “is presented to that member or group of members whose vital ideas, continuing efforts and personal sacrifice best exemplify the ideal of service to the Guild which the life of Morgan Cox so fully represented.”
Along with writing partner Thad Mumford, Wilcox wrote or co-wrote 15 episodes, the first of which was “Are You Now, Margaret?” during Season 8. The two also wrote the teleplay for “Nurse Doctor” (with Sy Rosen) and provided the story for “Death Takes a Holiday” (with Burt Metcalfe). Wilcox also served as executive story editor during Season 8 of M*A*S*H and executive script consultant during Season 9. He then became a producer during Seasons 10 and 11.
A press release announcing the award can be found here. It includes details on Wilcox’s involvement with the Writers Guild of America, which dates back to 1965.