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Martin Dale Fox, MD, PhD, 67, of Storrs, CT, loving husband of 42 years, to Karla (Harbin) Fox, and beloved father and grandfather, passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014 at Hartford Hospital after a sudden illness. Born in Hackensack, NJ, he was the son of the late Elton and Miriam (Yarmis) Fox. He attended Brandywine High School in Wilmington, Delaware, and received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 1969 where he was a member of Seal and Serpent Fraternity. He attended Duke University where he received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering and met his wife, Karla Harbin, a law student at Duke. He served in the military in the Army Medical Service Corps during the Vietnam Era. After receiving his PhD, Martin joined the faculty of Engineering at the University of Connecticut and later attended Medical School at the University of Miami where he received his medical degree. He taught for 37 years in the Departments of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering, where he attained the rank of tenured Full Professor. He mentored hundreds of students and contributed to a multitude of innovations in science and medical technology, including a number of patents and a cover article in the internationally prestigious scientific publication Nature. Martin was a brilliant scientist, inventor and tinkerer. Upon his retirement in 2009, Martin continued his research and combined his passion for scientific discovery with service to the community. In his later years, he became a dedicated advocate for environmental sustainability, renewable energy sources and the Transition movement. He dedicated himself to sustainability projects, including the construction of an Eco Village prototype, and such resiliency projects as solar energy use and sustainable farming. He also held passions for healthy lifestyles and support of local business. He was an avid tennis player his entire life, and he and his brother, Dr. Jeffrey Fox of Boca Raton, Florida, won a medal for Doubles Tennis at the World Medical Games in Le Touquet, France. He is survived by his wife, Karla Fox, 67, of Storrs, CT; his son, Alexander Fox, 38, and his wife, Darina of Storrs, CT; and his two daughters, Ashley Fox, 35, and her husband Salla Diop, of Stamford, CT; and Caroline Fox, 30, of Newton, MA. He was also a beloved grandfather of Miriam Diop, 3, and Mason Fox, 2, and was looking forward to the birth of two more grandchildren. He is further survived by his brother, Jeffrey Fox, of Boca Raton, FL, two nieces, and numerous cousins. His greatest enjoyment was the time he spent with his grandchildren playing games and reading books to each other. He will be universally missed and will be remembered for his wide range of contributions to family, colleagues and friends. Donations in Martin's memory can be made to the Windham Area Interfaith Ministry (WAIM), PO Box 221, Willimantic, CT 06226; http://waimct.org/donations/cash-donations/. His family will receive relatives and friends on Friday July 18th at Potter Funeral Home 456 Jackson St. (Rte. 195) Willimantic between 5:00 & 7:00pm. His funeral service will be held Saturday July 19th 1:00pm at the Trachten-Zachs Hillel House, 54 N. Eagleville Road Storrs, on the UConn Storrs Campus. Burial will take place in the Storrs Cemetery with a reception following at Saint Mark Episcopal Chapel, 42 North Eagleville Road, Storrs, CT. For an online memorial guestbook, please visit www.potterfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant on July 17, 2014
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