John Murray Fox
John Murray Fox, age 93, a longtime resident of Tiburon and the Tamalpais in Greenbrae, died peacefully on March 22, 2014 with his family at his side. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Evie, his two daughters: Mimi Hafeman and Pam Hart, four grandchildren: Darren Hafeman, Brett Hafeman, Kathryn Hart, Megan Hart, and two son-in-laws: Jim Hafeman and Peter Hart. He is preceded in death by their daughter, Ann Murray Fox.
Murray was a native of Worcester, Massachusetts, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Michael B. Fox. He graduated from Worcester Academy and went on to attend the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, graduating in 1940. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Murray joined the United States Marine Corp and attended Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia where he became an infantry officer specializing in the operation of an 81 mm mortar. In Camp Pendleton, California he joined the 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, subsequently participating in landings with the Marine Corps in Saipan, Tinian and Roi Namur. His last landing was on Iwo Jima, participating in the first wave of the invasion. One of Murray's most notable memories of the war was seeing the stars and stripes flying above Mt. Suribachi. Murray was training for the invasion of the Japanese homeland when the war concluded.
He returned to the United States and worked for US Lines, American President Lines, Sea Land, and Matson Navigation, specializing in Far Eastern trade. Murray and his partners established a transportation consulting firm, Muller, Fox and Pennington, where they worked on port development and design in the United States and more than 14 countries worldwide. He served as Executive Secretary of the Pacific Agricultural Cooperative for Export and the Executive Director of the American Frozen Food Export Association.
Murray was a member of the University Club in San Francisco, becoming its President in 1986. Murray was also a volunteer at the M.H. deYoung Museum in San Francisco, heading its Volunteer Council Steering Committee in 1993.
After retiring, Murray and his wife Evie traveled the world. In addition, Murray was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. Murray's love of hunting and the outdoors was passed down to his three daughters and four grandchildren who learned to shoot and camp. Murray will be remembered for his warmth and wonderful sense of humor.
A celebration of Murray's life will be held at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, April 1st at The Tamalpais, 501 Via Casitas in Greenbrae, California.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Hospice of Marin or a