ARTHUR V. FOX
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FOX ARTHUR V. FOX "Art" (Age 72) Passed away at his home in Alexandria, Va., on July 14, 2015. Born September 19, 1942, in Salt Lake City, Art was the son of Abraham (Abe) Fox and Ida Taxin Fox. The family later moved to Washington, D.C., where Art graduated from Calvin Coolidge High School in 1960. Art went on to earn a degree in Metallurgy from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon) in Pennsylvania. Art's deepest love was for his children and granddaughter. He is survived by his son, Mike Fox, and granddaughter, Harper, of Sausalito, Calif.; son, Victor Fox, and daughter, Kelley Fox, both of Alexandria, Va.; sister, Frances Fox Schreiber (Jan), of Brookline, Mass.; brother, Sam Fox (Elizabeth), of Sperryville, Va.; as well as numerous extended family members and dear friends. Art served as President for almost three decades at The Chem-Met Company, which was established in 1950 by his father Abe. Art's vision for the company goes back to the 1970s when he began working with Chinese exporters to establish what has been a long and successful collaboration in international metals trading. He enjoyed working out international business arrangements, and he was good at it. Chem-Met is now one of the leading tungsten importers in the United States and has evolved into a reliable national and inter- national supplier of specialty metals and chemicals, including molybdenum chemicals. Throughout his life, Art enjoyed traveling, scuba diving, boating, an occasional card game, and a meal at the newest restaurant in town. Art was passionate about our local sports teams, especially the Washington Capitals, the Nationals, and the Redskins. He regularly attended games in appropriate game day attire. He read the newspaper daily and had an impressive collection of - what else - fox statues and paintings. Art loved entertaining and opened his home for an annual Fourth of July party which was always the coveted invitation of summer, as was his invitation to join him on his boat, Formulator, for a ride along the Potomac River. Generous and fun-loving, Art had a wealth of friends not only in Alexandria but around the world because of his welcoming demeanor and wonderful smile. Through sickness and health, Art had a keen sense of humor and never let a chance go by to throw in his own jab, wisecrack, or often a very candid and always correct observation. Lots of laughs always ensued. From 1996 to 2000, Art was president of the Refractory Metals Association. Since 1990 he was an active member of the Old Dominion Boat Club and was proud to serve on its Board of Governors. He was a also member of Alexandria's Fraternal Order of Eagles, #871. Over the years, Art supported a variety of organizations including the Santa Claus Yacht Club, the Alexandria Seaport Foundation, the Wounded Warrior Project, the Leukemia Poker Run, and Children with Special Needs. It was this group of children who were delighted to see Art dressed as Elf, in an outfit he purchased just for the occasion, as he assisted Santa at the annual party hosted for them. A celebration of Art's life will follow at the Old Dominion Boat Club in Old Town, Alexandria, on July 25, 2015, at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Art's name to Santa Claus Yacht Club, Inc., scycva.org; or the Old Dominion Boat Club Children with Special Needs Christmas Party, 1 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; or a charity of your choice.


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Published in The Washington Post on Jul. 16, 2015.
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August 10, 2015
To Victor, Kelly and Michael -
My heart breaks for you having lost your father. Your dad was such a special man and was loved so much by so many people.
There is a void in all our hearts that will never be filled. But I count myself blessed for having the privilege to know him and call him my friend.
You are in my thoughts and prayers...
Jeanne Theismann
August 9, 2015
I miss you Dad. I'm having trouble accepting that you are gone. Keep smiling. I love you so much.
Kelley Fox
August 6, 2015
Art was truly one of a kind. The tungsten industry will miss his wit and his kindness.
Dave Landsperger
July 31, 2015
Miss you and love you Dad, just not getting any easier. You were loved by so many, you were such a great man!
Victor Fox
July 28, 2015
Nancy and I are very distressed at the passing of this incredible friend. It was always fun to travel with Art, especially those trips to China We will miss him a lot!!
Nancy & Tom Millensifer
July 20, 2015
Dear Kelly, Victor and Michael,

I am very sad to know the passing of Art, a good friend of mine for decades. He will be remembered by all of us at Shangxiang Minmetals and we wish he will rest in peace forever. Please accept our deepest condolence to all of you in the family.
George Song
July 20, 2015
Kelly, Victor and Michael,

Our prayers are with you and your family. Art was a very dear friend to us and a wonderful business partner. We will miss him very much.

Carlos Letelier, Santiago, Chile
July 20, 2015
We offer deepest condolences to you and your family.
Robert Barron, Ramona Santiago
July 19, 2015
You left us too soon, Art. You fought a good fight and we will always remember your kindness and your great laugh. Love, Gayle
Gayle Anderson
July 17, 2015
Kelly, Victor and Michael,

My heart goes out to you, I'm so sorry for your loss. I know Art will be missed by all who loved him and knew him. If there is any comfort to you remember that he is no longer suffering. Art was a special friend that stood by me and many other people in their time of need. He was not only generous with his home and inviting you on his boat, most important he gave of his time. May memories of your Dad help lift your hearts and bring comfort during this difficult time. He will be truly missed, if there is anything I can do please contact me.

You are in my thoughts and prayers,
Marion
July 17, 2015
The Caps, Nats and Skins just lost a dedicated and avid fan and genuinely good guy. I'm sure he will still send his spirit and good wishes to the Nats for this years playoff run!!!
July 17, 2015
Art, Thank you for last 27 years! You were always there. I appreciated all of your qualities as though are what made you the person that I love. You will be missed.
Deb McDonald
July 17, 2015
My prayers are with Art's family. Even though I live in Mississippi now, I still follow the ODBC very closely and Art was a big part of the boating family. Art had many friends at ODBC and I know they will give him a wonderful sendoff. God Bless.
George Ellmore
July 17, 2015
Art was one of a kind, will miss his smiling face at the Boat club as will we all,
Blessings to the family,
Bill Moyer
July 16, 2015
We had the pleasure of spending time with Art on our many visits to our friend Marion's home in Alexandria. He was a great conversationalist and always brought the finest wine! Each time we saw him, we felt as if we had been friends forever. We are so sorry for your loss.
Brian and Kathy Dombrowski
San Jose, CA
July 16, 2015
Art,
I only had the pleasure of knowing you for a short time but you were a kind, generous, fun-loving gentleman and wonderful neighbor. You will truly be missed.
Rick Metzer
July 16, 2015
Art, I only met you once, but you were, indeed, bigger than life. I met you at my niece's engagement party to your son, Victor. You were magnanimous in your generosity that day. You made me feel as though I knew you forever. Your empathic personality was very evident. Every once in a while, you meet someone that you won't forget, and Art, you were that man for me. Thank you for giving me the joy of that day!
Mary Ann Lukacsko
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