Dr William Irby Fox

Dr William Irby Fox

Rochester, Haskell County, Texas, USA
Death 25 Jun 1997 (aged 81)
Abilene, Taylor County, Texas, USA
Burial Leonard, Fannin County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 59963573 · View Source
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William Irby Fox, Jr. of Abilene
born February 8, 1916 near Rochester, Texas
died June 25, 1997 in Abilene, Texas

In his 81 years of life, William Irby Fox, Jr. was a Christian gentleman, husband, father, grandfather, scholar, farmer, teacher, scientist, meteorologist, Naval officer, and physician. He was born on February 8, 1916 on the Fox Farm near Rochester in Haskell County, Texas to William Irby Fox Sr. and Almedie Hatchett Fox. In 1923 the family moved to Abilene and Dr. Fox graduated from Abilene High School in 1932. He studied under Dr. Julius Olsen at Hardin-Simmons University, graduating in 1936 with a B.A. in Physics. A recipient of the Marston Scholarship, he received his M.S. in Physics from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in 1939. He returned to HSU to teach Physics.

Dr. Fox did graduate work at CalTech with Dr. Irving P. Krick, the renowned meteorologist who forecast the weather for Eisenhower on D-Day. He also did graduate work at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. In 1942 he entered the Navy and served in the Pacific theater during WWII onboard the aircraft carriers USS Nehenta Bay and USS Cabot. At the end of WWII Dr. Fox realized his lifelong dream and studied medicine at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas, graduating in 1950. He began his medical practice in "General Practice and Surgery" in Abilene in 1951. He died Wednesday, June 25, 1997 in a local Abilene hospital.

Dr. Fox is survived by his wife of 47 years, Nan Netherton Fox originally of Leonard, Texas; two sons and daughters-in-law, Pastor and Mrs. Leslie Fox and their daughter, Karis Fox, of Belfast, NY; Commander and Mrs. Mark Irby Fox, USN and their children, William, Collin, Mason, and Abigail Fox, of Annandale, VA; three daughters and sons-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. W. Ferdie (Suzanne) Walker and children, Mary Elizabeth, John, and Charles Walker of Stamford, Texas; Dr. and Mrs. John (Janan) Beckerdite and children, Bradley and Hannah Beckerdite of Lake Jackson, Texas; and Mr. and Mrs. Michael (Melinda) Brown of Basel, Switzerland; a brother, Aubrey Fox of Austin, Texas; and a sister, Wanda Fox Young of Nacogdoches, Texas.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Henry Fox, Sterman Fox, and Albert Fox; by two sisters, Irene Fox Owen and Lottie Fox Carruth; and by a granddaughter, Melinda Suzanne Walker.

Dr. Fox was a man of strong Christian principle, integrity, and purpose. A devout Christian from his youth, Dr. Fox was a member of the Abilene Bible Church. He was a staunch conservative, an avid student of the Bible, and an indefatigable scholar.

When a godly Christian man dies, there is a shock of loss that crashes through the pettiness of our hurrying days, like a great tree falling in the forest. Truly a great Christian man has fallen today. We love you, Daddy.

The funeral will be conducted at Abilene Bible Church by Dr. Tim Temple. Pallbearers will be provided by the Abilene Police Department and the Taylor County Sheriff's Department.

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  • Maintained by: Melinda Brown
  • Originally Created by: Gail Hennessy
  • Added: 11 Oct 2010
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr William Irby Fox (8 Feb 1916–25 Jun 1997), Find a Grave Memorial no. 59963573, citing Valley Creek Cemetery, Leonard, Fannin County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Melinda Brown (contributor 48517190) .