FOX, Edward InmanBorn in Nashville on August 22, 1934; died at home July 27, 2008 after an extended illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert F. Fox, Sr. and Ladye Elizabeth Inman, and his brother, Herbert F. Fox, Jr.. He is survived by his sister, Peggy Fox Kelly (Dorris); nieces and nephews, Ladye Montgomery (Kevin) of Adelaide Australia, Lemuel E. Montgomery II (Linda) of Port Gibson, MS, Lily Montgomery Moberly (Raymond) of Colorado Springs, CO and great nephews, Lemuel E. Montgomery III (Jenny) of Jackson, MS and Will Montgomery (Laura) of Oxford, MS. Dr. Fox graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy. He received his Bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and graduated magna cum laude. Upon graduation, he joined the Naval Reserve, and served 20 years, retiring with the rank of captain. An avid athlete who excelled in basketball and tennis, he was captain of the tennis teams at MBA and Vanderbilt. He won the Southern Juniors title and the Tennessee Juniors Championship. In the 1951 Nashville Municipal tournament, he defeated "the legendary tennis hero of MBA and Vanderbilt, Joe Davis, in the biggest upset in local municipal history". He was ranked No. 1 on the Vanderbilt Tennis Team, and noted tennis pro, Bill Luffler, called him "one of the top 10 college players in the country". His academic career included being a Fulbright scholar, studying at the University of Montpelier in France, and winning Woodrow Wilson, Herbert Bergan Montgomery and Owen D. Young fellowships and grants. Later, he was the recipient of three Vanderbilt research grants, two in Spain and a Guggenheim Fellowship. While studying for a Masters degree at Princeton University, he was influenced by faculty members who were the leading intellectuals and artists exiled from Franco's Spain, in particular the Spanish journalist and literary critic, Azorin, and other members of the Generation of '98 bent on restoring Spanish pride after the disastrous Cuban Spanish American War. This became his area of special interest and expertise. In addition to another Masters degree from Vanderbilt, he also earned a Ph.D. in romance languages in 1960. He began teaching at Vanderbilt that same year, also serving as acting director of admissions. Dr. Fox's publications include 15 books and dozens of scholarly journal articles and reviews. In a long teaching career, he taught at Vanderbilt, Princeton, the University of Massachusetts, Vassar and Northwestern, and lectured at universities throughout the U.S., Spain, Mexico and the British Isles, teaching the culture and literature of Spain. In 1965, he was appointed the John Guy Vassar Chair of Modern Languages at Vassar College, where he also served as Dean of Faculty and director of long range planning. In 1974, Dr. Fox was named president of Knox College in Galesburg, IL. During his tenure, the endowment of the school nearly tripled, restoring the school's fiscal health. The dramatic reversal led to a case study on the role of presidential leadership by the National Center on Higher Education Management. "Inman Fox saved Knox College," wrote William Bradey, when Dr. Fox left Knox College in 1982. From Knox College, he assumed the chairmanship of the Hispanic Studies program at Northwestern University. He later lent his expertise as an academic consultant to undergraduate colleges in the U.S., South America and the Middle East. The State Department enlisted his help at the National University of Uruguay in 1988. Requests from Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Ecuador soon followed. He subsequently responded to requests to advise the University of Jordan in Amman and other universities in the Middle East. He was the first American to visit Syria's Advanced Institute of Political Studies. An internationally recognized authority on 19th and 20th Century Spanish literature, he was a world authority on the Spanish novelist and poet, Don Miguel de Unamumo. A man of great energy and infectious spirit, he spent every summer in Madrid, and had many friends in Spanish academic circles. In 1985, Juan Carlos, King of Spain, awarded him The Cross of the Order of Queen Isabella the Catholic for his contribution to Spanish literature and culture. Again, in 1993, King Juan Carlos awarded him the highest honor given by the Spanish government, Medallo de Oro al Merito in las Bellas Artes (the Gold Medal of Fine Arts) at a grand reception in the Canary Islands. In 1998, he retired and returned to Nashville. He received MBA's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1999. Dr. Fox served on the boards of the International Institute of Spain, the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni and the Vanderbilt Alumni Assoc. He chaired the Illinois Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee and was a consultant to the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He served on the advisory boards of the Patterson School of International Diplomacy (at the University of Kentucky) and the department of romance languages at Princeton. The family is deeply grateful to Claudia McLean and her staff. Visitation will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 31st, 2008 in the Cheek House at First Presbyterian Church on Franklin Road. Memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. in the Chapel. The family requests that any memorial contributions be sent to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson St., Nashville, TN 37203. MARSHALL DONNELLY COMBS, (615) 327-1111.
Published in The Tennessean from Jul. 30 to Jul. 31, 2008.