Yale '62 - Obituaries - Richard W. Fox

Richard W. Fox

Born: July 26, 1940
Died: August 3, 1996

Born in Baltimore, Richard (Foxy) prepared at Exeter. His father Dr. George G. Fox was '30S and his brother Donald, Yale class of 1959. He was a member of Calhoun College and a History and Economics major. He was awarded the Lang Prize in Classics and was a ranking scholar. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, A.I.E.S.E.C., and the Russian Chorus. He also won prizes in Asian studies.

After graduation, Richard continued at Yale and earned his Master's Degree and Ph.D. in History. He also studied at Yale Law School, the London School of Economics and the Goethe Institute in Berlin.

Richard had a distinguished academic career. In 1973 he was a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at Brown University and in 1982 a Mellon Fellow at the City University of New York Graduate School with Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. He was awarded a Fullbright Scholarship in 1987. He also taught at Smithtown (N.Y.) High School and at Roger Williams College in Providence, Rhode Island where he also served as assistant dean.

In 1975 he joined Suffolk Community College on Long Island and was appointed as professor of history and geography. He taught numerous courses in history and geography, including one of the first on the Vietnam War. His achievements and popularity in the classroom and with the faculty were recognized when he given the first "Teacher Who Made a Difference" award at Suffolk. Richard also traveled extensively while pursuing his studies, visiting forty-seven countries on four continents, including Asia, Africa, Europe and South America.

He died in Port Jefferson, New York, after an extended battle with prostate cancer. He was survived by his widow, P'nina Reines of East Setauket; his mother, Doris Niebour Fox of Baltimore; his 2 daughters, Adrienne Bechold of Lynnwood, Washington, and Natalia Fox of Saratoga Springs, New York; his granddaughter Tanya Natalia Bechold of Lynnwood; his brother Dr. Donald G. Fox of Gaithersburg, Maryland; and several nieces and nephews.

In his memory, the Richard W. Fox Memorial Scholarship Fund was created at Suffolk Community College, Western Campus in Brentwood, New York.