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George C. Fox, 71, retired Marine colonel


Retired Marine Corps Col. George C. Fox, who also was an Anne Arundel County official, died Monday of cancer at Chesapeake Manor Extended Care Center. The Arnold resident was 71.

Colonel Fox's final assignment was as post commander at Camp Lejeune, N.C. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1976 and then was the county director of manpower planning for seven years.

The Philadelphia native was a 1942 graduate of the Haverford School. In 1943, he left the Virginia Military Institute to enlist in the Marine Corps and was assigned to the V-12 officer candidate program at the University of North Carolina, from which he graduated in 1944.

He served in Guam and North China, then fought in the Korean War, during which he was wounded twice. He had been commander of the Marine detachment aboard the aircraft carrier Coral Sea and of the 2nd Battalion of the 9th Marine Regiment in Vietnam in 1969 and 1970.

His nearly 40 decorations included the Silver Star, two Legions of Merit, two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts.

From 1956 until 1972, he owned a farm in Warrenton, Va. For 10 years in the 1950s and 1960s, he rode in fox hunts and steeplechase races in Virginia and Maryland.

Services will be held at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, the former Frances Gould; two sons, Richard L. Fox II of Fayetteville, N.C., and G. Chandler Fox Jr. of Arlington; a stepson, Allan H. Burns of Big Pine Key, Fla.; two daughters, Elizabeth Fox Mathieu of Fayetteville and Effie G. B. Fox of York, Pa.; two stepdaughters, Hellen B. Smyth and Frances P. Burns, both of Cockeysville; and eight grandchildren.

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