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Remembering William H. Fox, Jr.

April 22, 2014

Remembering William H. Fox, Jr.

Longtime donor, supporter and board member, William H. Fox, Jr., passed away last week.

Bill and his wife, Carol, have been involved with Skyland Trail since the late 1990s. The couple served as Honorary Chairs for Benefits of Laugher in 2012. Bill also served on the Emeritus Board from 2013 to 2014, Board of Directors from 2004 to 2013 and Advisory Board from 2001 to 2003.

He will be remembered as a passionate leader and devoted friend.

Below is a tribute to Bill and Carol from the 2012 Benefits of Laughter.


For Bill and Carol Fox, working for Skyland Trail is a labor of love. “I feel so good that my time goes there,” Bill once said about his service on our Board of Directors. Carol shares his dedication as a member of Skyland Trail Associates. Their involvement with Skyland Trail has been continuous for well over 10 years.

Bill has fulfilled major leadership positions on the Board in the key areas of program, personnel and financial aid. Carol’s work with Associates has contributed to the success of special events, family programs and other initiatives. Bill and Carol have generously complemented their volunteer commitments to Skyland Trail with a planned giving bequest.

Bill understands well the challenges of building an outstanding non-profit organization. He was a key leader of one of Georgia’s largest and most successful entities, Emory University, for nearly 30 years. As Emory’s first-ever Dean of Campus Life from 1980 to 1991, he became a campus favorite for his work to enhance the student experience and add outstanding student activity facilities. His skill as a fundraiser was evident during this time, and in 1991 Bill was named Emory’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Over the next 14 years, Bill oversaw a fundraising operation that generated more than $2 billion in gifts and bequests. Carol was at his side throughout as a co-“friend raiser” for Emory with various constituencies.

Meanwhile, Carol also was engaging a younger generation of students as a teacher at All Saints Episcopal School. In retirement, she has taught English As a Second Language and continues to express her love of nature as a member of the Cherokee Garden Club.  Together with Bill she serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children and youth in the judicial system.

Soon after his retirement in 2005, Bill and Carol were honored by Emory with the naming of the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry in the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2007 he received Emory’s highest honor, the Emory Medal. Bill also has served on the boards of the Alliance Theatre, the Lovett School, the Halle Foundation and the Atlanta Fulton County Library Foundation.

Skyland Trail has benefited immensely from the breadth of service that Bill and Carol have provided.