FOX, Clarence J. ?Larry?
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departed this life on October 27, 2012, at The Waterford in Juno Beach. Mr. Fox, the son of the late Clarence Gorse Fox and Eleanor Myrtle Barber Fox, was born on March 22, 1920 in Cleveland, Ohio. Larry earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1942 and following graduation, was inducted into the U.S. Army Air Force. After attending Army Radio School at Scott Field in Illinois, he was trained in control tower operations at Eagle Pass Army Air Field in Texas and soon was assigned the job of Chief Control Tower Operator responsible for correct operation of the tower and the training of operators. Later Larry was in charge of the Army Airways Communications System detachment and had responsibility for all AACS facilities and personnel at the station.While he was stationed in Eagle Pass, he met a lovely young school teacher, Lois Harper, who was having lunch in the same café near the Carrizo Springs bus stop. It was ?love at first sight? and after a whirlwind courtship of six weeks, they were married on March 5, 1943. Larry and Lois shared a loving, hand-holding, and fulfilling life experience that lasted over 68 years until Lois passed away July 18, 2011. Larry was discharged from active service in November 1945, following the end of World War II and recruited by the U.S. Government to serve as an air traffic controller in the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA), a forerunner of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). His career led to positions in Albuquerque, N.M., Wake Island, Hilo, Hawaii, and ultimately West Palm Beach in 1956. He remained in his position at Palm Beach International Airport until his retirement except for a period from 1963 to 1965 when he was appointed for a two-year tour with the Agency for International Development (AID) in Manila, Philippines to set up an Air Traffic Control school and update their Air Traffic Control system. After his retirement from the FAA in 1979, he completed courses to qualify as a Legal Assistant and continued to be productive in a second career for another decade. He is survived by his two children, Carole Fox Freilich (Dr. Roger) of Palm Beach Gardens and M. Lanning Fox (Jane) of Stuart; four grandchildren, Natalie C. Tarrant of Columbia, SC, Matthew L. Fox (Amanda) of Austin, TX, Amanda P. Tarrant of Delray Beach, and Melissa F. O?Connor (Patrick) of Tampa; and four great grandchildren, Charlie, Jane and Michon Fox, and Riley O?Connor. In addition to his wife, Larry was preceded in death by his brothers, Jack D., Frank I., and G. Robert and two sisters, Eleanor and Jacqueline.His fortunate family will love, respect and miss him always remembering him first and foremost as a loving, steadfast and supportive husband, father, and grandfather.
Published in The Palm Beach Post from Oct. 28 to Oct. 29, 2012