Grand Valley celebrates life of longtime community philanthropist, university supporter
Leaders at Grand Valley and in West Michigan are celebrating the life
of Thomas “Tom” S. Fox, community philanthropist and Grand Valley
Foundation Advisory Cabinet member, who died on September 3. He was 95.
Fox was a lifelong member of the Grand Rapids community and
well-known for his philanthropic spirit. Tom and his wife, Mickie,
supported many Grand Valley initiatives for more than 30 years,
including philanthropic gifts toward the sciences, endowment,
scholarships, athletics and the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies.
Thomas S. Fox, community philanthropist and Grand Valley Foundation
Advisory Cabinet member, died on September 3.
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“Tom’s passion for West Michigan was evident in his long-term
engagement with the community, Grand Valley and support for our
students. His involvement with our foundation and his ongoing support
was so important to all of us,” said President Philomena V. Mantella.
The university recognized Tom and Mickie's major gift during
construction of Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall, where the Tom and Mickie
Fox and Family Therapeutic Modalities Lab now provides
state-of-the-art space for health professions students to flourish.
Fox was an active member of the GVU Advisory Cabinet for nine years
and served on the Shaping Our Future Community Advisory Committee.
Laura Aikens, vice president for University Development and executive
director of the GVU Foundation, said: “I am grateful for the ways Tom
contributed to this university and our entire community. He was a dear
friend to many here, and his generosity and humor will be deeply missed."