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DOUGLAS MACMURRAY FOX

Born: May 2, 1940
Died: February 28, 2017

After a long struggle with cancer Douglas Fox died on the 28th of February at his home in Trumbull CT with his wife Diana at his bedside.

Doug had two great overlapping careers. His PhD was from Columbia University in 1968 and he taught at Western Connecticut State University from 1979 until his retirement in 2001. He also authored textbooks on urban politics used for years in many universities. He lived and taught a dedication to the cause of human rights.

For 33 years he did a four hour weekly opera program (Evening at the Opera) on Connecticut's WMNR radio. He was passionate and knowledgeable, never pretentious, with excellent taste in singers. Classmate John Stewart wrote, "I always felt I was sitting around with him in his living room as he played you his favorites and explained why." Over the years he developed a huge and fanatically loyal radio audience whose members frequently would call in to comment. Doug always responded.

WMNR featured two tribute programs in Doug's memory. Robert Hartley, a Yale classmate wrote: "Among my many memories of Doug is going to the old Metropolitan Opera House...when we roomed together. We sat in the Family Circle, way high up in the balcony ($2 a ticket maybe?), or even stood (even cheaper)." Classmate David Meil also posted memories of attending New York operas with Doug and of the tapes from his unique Evening at the Opera broadcasts which Doug had sent him over the years after David had moved to Columbus, Ohio.

Born in New London CT, Doug prepared for Yale at Loomis. At Yale he was a member of Trumbull College, He was a Dean's List major in Political Science, a member of the French Club, Pi Sigma Alpha, Dwight Hall, and served as secretary-treasurer of the John Dewey Society.

He is survived by his wife, Diana Fox; his daughter, Marcia Sellner of Danbury, Connecticut, two grandchildren, Zachary and Jordan Sellner, his brother Michael Fox of Seattle, and his sister Lyell Fox of Sequim, Washington, three nieces, two nephews, and several cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Margaret Knott Fox and Wilson Ward Fox, his son Jeffrey and his nephew Brendan Fox.

A memorial service was held on May 6, 2017 in Trumbull. The moving service, conducted by classmate Rev. Bill Nye, featured seven speakers, and selections of operatic music chosen by Doug prior to his death. In addition to many WMNR listeners and opera lovers, classmate and long-time friend Denny Fuller attended.




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