Philadelphia’s Generous Native Son

The main entrance to Alter Hall, an academic building at Temple University. Alter Hall is home to the Fox School of Business. Photo courtesy of Jrcla2
The main entrance to Alter Hall, an academic building at Temple University. Alter Hall is home to the Fox School of Business. Photo courtesy of Jrcla2

Born and raised in the Germantown-Mount Airy section of Philadelphia, Richard J. Fox grew to found a property construction, development and management firm, with his brother Robert, known as Fox Companies.
Fox joined the Navy in 1945 where he first began to fly. Flying became a passion for the rest of his life, beginning at age 17 and not stopping until he turned 81 years old.
Fox Companies have built many area buildings, including the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia; the First Union Center, Philadelphia’s state-of-the-art sports arena; and Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania’s most comprehensively planned residential community.
Fox is an active giver to his community. In recognition of his devotion as the Director of Temple University where he is Chairman of the Board of Trustees, the school named its School of Business and Management in his honor.
He has also been a leader at the Federation of Jewish Agencies of Philadelphia as well as heading the Philadelphia chapter of the American Jewish Committee. Fox also founded the Republican Jewish Coalition where he served as Chairman. He is also the Chairman of the Jewish Policy Center.
Married for 64 years to Geraldine, Fox has 5 children and 7 grandchildren.

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