Robert Addison Fox, 78, land developer, consultant

July 08, 2004

Robert Addison Fox, a retired developer, died of liver cancer Saturday at his daughter's farm in New Freedom, Pa. The former Ellicott City resident was 78.

Mr. Fox was born in Baltimore and raised in Evanston, Ill. During World War II, he was an Army Air Forces pilot.

In 1953, Mr. Fox and his wife joined four other couples in developing 20 acres of Dunloggin Farms in Ellicott City into a residential community that they named St. Johns Manor.

Mr. Fox joined Joseph Meyerhoff Corp. in 1958 and by the 1970s was senior vice president for Monumental Properties Inc., a Baltimore-based land development company. He headed the company's village mall division, which developed and operated shopping centers nationwide.

After leaving Monumental, he owned and operated a real estate consulting firm until retiring in the 1990s. He lived in St. Johns Manor until 1999 and since last year lived at Foxhill Farm in New Freedom.

Mr. Fox was an avid tennis player at Forest Hill Swim Club, which named its tennis pavilion after him. He was also an accomplished artist who enjoyed painting equine scenes in oils.

His 1947 marriage to the former Marion Stoffregen ended in divorce.

Mr. Fox was a communicant and former junior warden of St. Johns Episcopal Church, 9120 Frederick Road in Ellicott City, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.

He is survived by three daughters, Susan Lee Fox of New Freedom, Sally Fox Tennant of Ellicott City and Stacey Fox Bondurant of Columbia; a sister, Anne-Marley Fox Willard of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and four grandchildren.

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