West Chester University Professor Emeritus Frank Fox dies at 92


Frank Fox, a professor emeritus at West Chester University, has died.

West Chester University Professor Emeritus Frank Fox, who was a prolific writer, died Aug. 2 at the age of 92.

Fox came to the United States from his native Poland in 1937. He earned a doctorate in history from the University of Delaware and taught at Temple University and West Chester University.

Throughout his career, he was the recipient of multiple research grants from the American Philosophical Society and the Eleutherian Mills (DuPont) Foundation.

Fox’s writings appeared in a variety of scholarly and popular publications, including: French Historical Studies, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, East European Jewish Affairs, New York Magazine, PRINT, The World & I and Affiche.

Fox’s 1974 New York Magazine cover story, titled Why Nixon Did Himself In! was a behavioral examination of Nixon’s need to fail.

The Philadelphia Port of History Museum in 1984, held an exhibit of his Polish poster collection. By special arrangement, Drexel University later acquired the Frank Fox Collection.

Fox edited and translated from Polish a controversial wartime memoir, Am I a Murderer? Testament of a Jewish Ghetto Policeman and wrote poetry for a cantata based on that work, which premiered in Philadelphia in 1977.

In 1996, he was guest curator at the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, N.Y., where he mounted a poster exhibit of his combative Solidarity-era Polish posters entitled Combat on Paper.

In 1998, he was invited to lecture at the National Museum in Warsaw to mark the 30th anniversary of the Polish Poster Museum.

His 1999 book, God’s Eye, Aerial Photography and the Katyn Forrest Massacre, gave historians a new perspective on the culprit of this wartime atrocity on Poland.

He was awarded the 2000 Josef Casimire Hofmann Award by the Polish Heritage Association of the Southeast for his lectures and a volume titled Combat on Paper. He also was awarded the 2004 Distinguished Service Award by the American Council for Polish Culture in recognition of his scholarly contributions to promote awareness of Polish culture to fellow Americans.

Fox is survived by his wife of 70 years, Anne (Lehmann); he was the devoted father of Julian and Nina and loving grandfather of Simone, Zoe, Ariel and Marissa; and brother of the late Celina Robby and her late husband, Solomon.

Relatives and friends are invited to the funeral at 1 p.m. on Aug. 7, at Goldstein's, 6410 N. Broad St., Philadelphia. Shiva is from 3-6 p.m. at the Quadrangle residence in Haverford.

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