Richard C. Fox, former publisher of the Baltimore Business Journal who later worked in radio and TV ratings for Arbitron Inc., died of multiple myeloma Nov. 4 at Gilchrist Hospice Center in Columbia. He was 67.
"Richard was just a genuine nice guy who cared about people and was always thinking about what our team could do better. He simply lit up the office," said Kim Brown, an Arbitron Inc. colleague. "He was well-respected."
The son of Charles Ricard Fox, a chemist, and Grace Uhler Fox, a church worker, Richard Charles Fox was born in Highland Park, Mich., and raised in Livonia, Mich.
After graduating in 1965 from Bentley High School in Livonia, he earned a bachelor's degree in communications in 1969 from Michigan State University.
He then attended United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, from 1969 to 1972, where he was ordained a deacon.
From 1973 to 1983, he was the regional manager in Indiana for TV Guide. He was then named the Baltimore Business Journal's first publisher, a position he held until 1987.
Mr. Fox subsequently worked in advertising sales for Columbia Magazine, The Catholic Review, Patuxent Publishing and Circular Advertising. He also managed the call center for The Washington Times.
For the last seven years, until retiring in 2012, Mr. Fox worked for Arbitron Inc. in Columbia.
"Richard was on my panel relations team and I was his supervisor. His job was interacting with households who have the rating box equipment," said Ms. Brown.
"He was just awesome and really set an example for my team. He always gave 150 percent and was a quiet leader," she said. "People just gravitated to him because he set standards. He was just a delight."
"He was always so positive and could lift you up to a higher place," said his college sweetheart and wife of 44 years, the former Joan Skolik.
After suffering a major heart attack when he was 41, Mr. Fox became a long-distance runner and was an active member of the Howard County Striders, a local running club.
"He modeled wellness and the importance of exercise," his wife said.
From 1992 through 2009, he completed 28 marathons, including such major races as the Boston, New York, Marine Corps and Miami marathons. He also completed 12 round-trip Seagull Centuries, which is a 100-mile bike ride between Cambridge and Assateague Island National Seashore.
"The fact that he could run with a heart that functioned at 60 percent and flat feet amazed and inspired all who knew him," said his wife. "His cardiologist said, 'He ran with faith, as I can tell you in all honesty that I never approved of these marathons.' "
Ms. Fox said that "running was his passion" and that her husband said his "heart was his friend. He had a faith that he could do it."
Al Biegel, who ran marathons and did Seagull Centuries with Mr. Fox, was a longtime friend.
"My close friendship with Richard Fox was a road map of moments that are indelibly precious to me. ... Rich stood as my inspirational rock and very close buddy," Mr. Biegel, a retired Army colonel, wrote in an email.
"With his delightful smile, Rich taught me the value of humility. He was always a most admirable victor," he wrote. "He was the measure of class with a wellspring of forbearance."
When Mr. Biegel suffered a stroke, Mr. Fox helped him recover.
"His real hobby was collecting friends, and they were from all different backgrounds," she said.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 29 at his church, 9120 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Fox is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth Fox Dolecki of Mount Airy and Julie Fox Pistorio of Marriottsville; a sister, Shirley Fox Cantorna of Richardson, Texas; and six grandchildren.