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Robert Lee Fox, 95, APG researcher


Robert Lee Fox, a chemical warfare researcher with the Army for nearly three decades, died of pneumonia Sept. 22 at the Edenwald retirement community in Towson. He was 95.

Dr. Fox spent most of his career at Aberdeen Proving Ground's Edgewood Arsenal, where he helped oversee research and development after World War II until his retirement in 1970.

During the war, he served in the Army's Chemical Warfare Service. From 1941 to 1942, he helped conduct warfare research as part of the Manhattan Project at Columbia University in New York.

Dr. Fox served in the Army Reserves after the war, retiring in 1963 with the rank of colonel.

Born in Fayette, Iowa, he earned a bachelor's degree from Upper Iowa University. He then moved to New York and earned a doctorate in chemistry at Columbia.

After completing his graduate studies in 1934, Dr. Fox and his wife, Eleanor Parker, moved to Istanbul, Turkey, where he was a chemistry professor at Robert College until 1941. The couple moved to the Baltimore area in 1942 and to Towson in 1961.

Plans for a memorial service at Upper Iowa University were incomplete.

Mrs. Fox died in 1988. Dr. Fox had no immediate survivors.

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