Hugh Bernard Fox, Jr., Ph.D.

Fox, Hugh B., Jr., Ph.D.Born February 12, 1932, in Chicago, Illinois, to the Late Hugh B. Fox and Helen (Mangan), died on Sunday, September 4, 2011, at the age of 79.  Hugh was Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University, having taught in the department of American Thought and Language.  He was a poet and writer having over 200 novels published. 

Surviving is his wife of 23 years, Dr. Maria Costa-Fox; six children, Hugh B. Fox, III, Cecilia Fox, Marcella (Kevin Brown) Fox, Margaret Sadock, Alexandra E. (Ray Barker) Fox, and Christopher Fox; four grandchildren, Gabrielle Brown, Rebecca Sadock, Alexander Sadock, and Beatrice Barker as well as many extended family members. 

The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 1924 Coolidge Rd., East Lansing, with Rabbi Amy Bigman officiating.  Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.   Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Congregation Shaarey Zedek Music Fund.  Arrangements by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

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Emily Florence
September 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Condolences to the entire family on the loss of such an incredible and wonderful man. I cannot sum up in words how sad I am. Continued prayers to you all…

Mindy Chalmers
September 6, 2011 at 9:49 am

I have worked with Hugh’s wife for about 7 years now. He was a funny man! He used to come to lunch often with her and would pop in our lab to say hi.. Its a shame and he will be missed greatly! My thoughts and prayers are with his family in this time of sorrow.

Anndreya Jaworski
September 6, 2011 at 12:44 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sorrowful time. Peace be with you.

Mark Ritzenhein
September 7, 2011 at 7:44 am

Condolences. I will miss Hugh’s poetic musings.

Debbie (Baker) Garfield
September 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Dr. Costa-Fox and family, I am deeply saddened by your loss. I worked for years with Dr. Costa-Fox and had the pleasure of meeting Hugh and Christopher on multiple occasions. I feel honored to have known him. You are in my thoughts and prayers, may you lean on God during this difficult time.

Jane Rosemont
September 7, 2011 at 11:40 pm

My heart is broken; I’ve spent time reading our emails from the last year. I’ve known Hugh for almost 30 years…My condolences to his family.

Judy Wisniewski
September 8, 2011 at 3:06 pm

My condolences to the whole family. Hugh was my cousin, and we were quite close when we were younger. We stayed in touch thru the years. He always kept ties with family. I will truly miss him. Tho we have not seen each other for quite some years, there were many Emails, phone calls, and cards that went back and forth between us. He was like the brother that I never had to me during our formative years. “Shalom” Hugh, I love you, Judy

Vuong Vu
September 15, 2011 at 2:31 pm

My sincere condolences to the family of Hugh Fox. My name is Vuong Vu and I am the editor of Caesura magazine. Mr. Fox sent some poems to us, and he and I corresponded briefly over poetry and life. Our correspondence was lovely, such wit and wisdom from him. I was floored when I recently received news of his passing. I am now holding onto two poems he recently wrote and many notes on his life. I would like to know to whom I can return these. If anyone can help me with contact information for his family or someone to whom I can send his last poems, I will be grateful. My email is The amazing thing is that in his poems he mentions some of the same names I see here in this guestbook. To love and to be loved–such is the life of Hugh Fox.

Gerard Malka
September 5, 2012 at 6:11 am

My condolences to the family of Mr. Hugh Fox.
I had still books dedicaced by Mr Hugh Fox 20 years ago when I met him at MSU. He was a great man, sensitive, with a scientist mixt of humor and intellect. My best souvenirs at his family.

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lawrence lenzi
October 6, 2016 at 7:55 am

Hugh was the best;a kind, caring,sensitive and jovial soul.He was a fine example of what msu students should aspire to become.

Roger T Young
September 30, 2019 at 2:36 pm

Hugh was a Great Guy!

I worked in the lab @ Sparrow and Knew Maria ( Dr. Costa-Fox)

I would chat with Hugh, whenever he would come to have lunch with Dr. Costa-Fox.

Always a Pleasure to see him!

Roger Young
Former Apheresis Guy in the Lab


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