It is with great regret and
sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, George Fox, on 12
December in Princeton, NJ, as a result of metastatic melanoma.
George is survived by his wife,
Barbara; their son, George; their daughters, Elizabeth and Susannah; and eight
A memorial service will be at 3
PM on 30 December at Princeton United Methodist Church, 7
Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542-5309.
Condolences may be sent to
Barbara at 86 Cedar Lane,
Princeton, NJ 08540.
In lieu of flowers, the family
has requested that donations in George’s memory be made to the Pastor's
Discretionary Fund, Princeton United Methodist Church,
7 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton,
Well done, George. Be thou at
(Died December 12, 2017)
George Fox, 78, of Princeton, died on December 12, 2017 as a result of
melanoma. Throughout his year-long endeavor to beat the odds, he continued to
lead his life with characteristic courage, dignity and resolve.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, he graduated from Towson High School
and the United States Military Academy at West Point, and he earned an MBA
from the Wharton School. In 1961 he married his high school sweetheart,
Barbara Figge Fox, and served as an artillery officer in Nuremberg, Germany.
They lived in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh before moving to Princeton in 1981.
George worked for IBM, and by the end of his 30-year career he had consulted
to telecommunications firms in Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan,
Malaysia, Rio de Janeiro, Canada, and New Zealand. In retirement he continued
his favorite pursuit -- computer programming -- as a charter member of CyLogix
(later Keane). He provided application services for Morgan Stanley. Upon his
second retirement, he volunteered to support Republican candidates in state
and local races and represented the Princeton Municipal Republican Committee
at the county level.
George was active in faith communities wherever he lived. In the '60s he
helped to establish a mission church, Redeemer Moravian, in southwest
Philadelphia. At Princeton United Methodist Church he helped launch the
Stephen Ministry, a program that offers one-to-one Christian care to those
going through tough times.
Ever the optimist, he was a lifelong Eagles fan. He read widely and devoted
himself wholeheartedly to a succession of learning opportunities. George loved
"messing about with boats;" and in his 30s spent weekends and summers at the
family home near Annapolis, cruising the Chesapeake in a 24-foot sailboat.
Always a jogger, he turned to mountain climbing in his 40s and, with his
brother, he summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in 1989. Slowed down by a heart attack
and triple bypass surgery -- and, later, Stage III cancer -- he took up golf,
joined the CyLogix golf league and delighted in winning the company
Among his core values were intelligence, integrity, and the value of investing
in superior equipment to get a job done right. Sought out for his advice,
George navigated difficult situations with ease and clarity. He could light up
a room with his smile and his warmth. Devoted to family, he took immense, but
quiet, pride in the accomplishments of his children, grandchildren, nieces and
He is predeceased by his parents, George DeGruchy Fox and Cina Eleanor Willis
Fox, and his stepmother, Elizabeth Waring Fox. He is survived by his wife,
Barbara Figge Fox; two brothers (William Willis Fox MD of Narberth, PA and
David DeGruchy Fox of Old Greenwich, CT); and three children -- Elizabeth Fox
Dodge (Jed) of Rochester, NY; George Fox Jr. (Karolyn) of Northville, MI, and
Susannah Fox (Eric Halperin) of Washington, DC, plus eight grandchildren, and
many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be Saturday, December 30, at 3 p.m. at Princeton
United Methodist Church (www.PrincetonUMC.org ). Contributions in his memory
may be made to the Pastor's Discretionary Fund (to help those in emergency
need) at Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton NJ