Robert Bruce “Bob” Fox

January 26, 1928 ‒ March 21, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Robert Bruce (Bob) Fox peacefully passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017 in Mansfield Place on Middle Bellville Road following an extended illness. He was 89.

Bob was born in Mansfield, Ohio, to Samuel & Effy (Glick) Fox. He resided in Mansfield all his life, with the exception of some academic years and his military career.  He attended Mansfield City Schools, graduated from Culver Military Academy, and acquired a BSBA from The Ohio State University. In addition, he earned graduate credits from Ashland University, Ohio University, and Franklin University School of Law.

Bob was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army during the Korean War, serving in the Army Reserve until his discharge as a captain in the Artillery in 1957.

Bob’s working career began early in life. At the tender age of eight, he served as “door man” during the Christmas season at the jewelry store managed by his father.  Bob also became a Gemologist, graduating from the Gemological Institute of America. He worked for his father in the early ‘40s at their own jewelry store in Mansfield. The early 60’s found Bob working as merchandise manager for one of the first discount stores, Giant Stores.

A dramatic career change occurred around 1968 when Bob became Vice-President and Treasurer of the Mansfield School of Technology, later known as North Central State College.  Bob devoted twenty-seven years to North Central State College, noting how he experienced the growth of a two-year institution with less than 100 students when he started working there, to over 3,500 students at his retirement in 1996.  He led the effort to move the campus and supervised the building of many of the buildings there today.    Esteemed by his colleagues, he was a favorite of students as well, whether they were students at NCSC, The Ohio State University, or the Army War College – all institutions where he taught economics, business administration, and finance.

Bob was an active member of the Ohio Association of College and University Business Officers (OACUBO) and served as its President. He also served as a Consultant Evaluator for the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. In addition, over the years, he consulted with a number of individual institutions as well as state agencies on matters of fiscal management.  He was active in both the Central Association of College and University Officers and the National Association of College and Business Officers.

Bob received many accolades and awards through the years. He was named Honorary Lifetime Member of the Exchange Club of Mansfield, Honorary Lifetime Board of Trustee member of the Mansfield Area Y, and was presented a Fifty Year Award from the Grand Lodge of Ohio Masons. Perhaps his most cherished recognitions were the Central Association of College and University Business Officers (CACUBO) President’s Award presented in 1997 and the surprise award he received at the 2004 CACUBO President’s Dinner on the occasion of his retirement from his position as Consultant/ Coordinator of the Information Exchange Program.

While deeply engaged in the community and his profession, the great love of his life was his wife of 62 years, Judy Fox, residing together in Mansfield all of the years they were married, and in the home they built together for 60 of those 62 years.  They also greatly enjoyed their winter getaway in Sanibel Island, Florida. He did much to make the world a happier and better place for everyone.

Dear friends to so many, Bob and Judy loved entertaining, visiting, and sharing their travels to the Caribbean, Mexico, and Europe.  Bob was an avid golfer and sailor, known for his lively sense of humor, enjoyment of his “Rockers” band of friends (retirees from NCSC), love of music (especially Beethoven and New Orleans Jazz), voracious appetite for news (reading several newspapers every day), and his caring and compassionate demeanor.

Bob is survived by his wife Judy Fox of Mansfield; sons Mitch Fox of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and Louis Fox of Berkeley, CA and Bozeman, MT, and four grandchildren: David Fox (Army 2nd Calvary, Vilseck, Germany); Sarah Fox (Seattle, WA), Jennifer Fox (Montreal, Canada), Elizabeth Ann Mayer (Montreal, Canada).  He was delighted to know from Sarah that his first great-grandson is due this August.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in his name be made to the Mansfield YMCA’s 150th Anniversary Project or to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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  • I had the privilege to be Mr Fox’s secretary for 9 years. He was the most courteous, gentle person I ever met. Always impeccably dressed.

    I was a student at NCST while I was his secretary. I always said I learnt more from Mr Fox than any of the classes I took. I will never forget the story he told me about rescuing baby birds and putting them back in their nest.

    He loved his association with CACUBO and I assisted him in planning many of the meetings. Always first class, top notch.

    You will be missed my mentor.

  • Dear Judy & Family,
    I was the nurse that worked for Dr. Richardson and became good friends with your family. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Bob. He was such a wonderful man and so pleasant every time he would come in the office. He was a true gentleman. I looked forward to his visits and missed his smiling face after I lost my
    job there. I have many wonderful memories of him and still have the golf sweater he gave me and will treasure it forever. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Love,
    Norma Hopkins (nurse)

  • Dear JUdy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My husband, Bob Brook , worked with Bob at NCTC. He was such a gentleman,professional, and good friend. Judy and Bob were synonamous , for I always remember them together. He will be deeply missed by rveryone who knew him. Pat Brook

  • Dear Judy and family,
    At our age, life is beginning to hurt. I know Bob wasn’t feeling well for some time. He will be greatly missed by all.
    As you know, I was a Culver cadet at the same time as Robert. John Cook reminded me today about our times at Johnny Appleseed and Bob’s music combo, of which I was a member (the Good Old Days…) John and I are now among the few that remain from that time.
    Take care. With love, Bill Ingram

  • Judy and Family:

    I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing and your loss. You and Bob were the best of
    neighbors to both Wray and Janet. We both will always remember his soft spoken manner and great intellect. Always the gentlemen…rest in peace.


    Mark and Debbie Smith

  • Judy & Family,
    Please accept our condolences with the passing of Bob. Both you and Bob were great next door neighbors when I was growing up and always extended your hospitality throughout the years when I would come home to see my Dad (Wray). Our thoughts are with you.
    Tim & Karen Smith

  • Judy and Family: As an Exchange Club member in Terre Haute Indiana, I met Bob on the first day I worked here, the first Monday in October 1971 when I attended my first Exchange Club Meeting here. I have fond memories of his business acumen and willingness to help a young man starting out in a new town, I have always appreciated his help and kindness. My condolences for your loss.