Eugene Fox of Summit, NJ passed away peacefully on July 15, 2018.
A lifelong resident of New Jersey, Gene was born in Hillsdale and later moved to Middletown, where he graduated from Middletown High School. He attended and held degrees from Montclair State University, Fairleigh Dickenson University, and Rutgers University.
At Governor Livingston Regional High School in Berkeley Heights, Gene taught biology for most of his career. He also taught chemistry, physics, and history of technology. He enjoyed the time he spent as a National Forensics League speech and debate coach.
Through Earthwatch, Gene volunteered on many scientific research expeditions. These experiences took him as far away as Panama and Norway and as close to home as Barnegat Bay, where he contributed to research on diamondback terrapins.
Gene was a proud founding member of the Summit Resource Recovery Corporation, Summit’s first recycling group. He served on the Board of Directors of the Summit Area Public Foundation. He volunteered with the Great Swamp Watershed Association, the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts in Madison, and the Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit.
In an active retirement, Gene enjoyed bicycling, often setting out at first light to ride 40 or 50 miles in one morning. With his wife, Kathryn, Gene enjoyed attending the theater and traveling. After more than 50 cruises and many land trips, Gene said his favorite trip was to Iceland, where he drove all the way around Iceland’s Route 1 and got to fulfill a bucket list item of standing on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
Gene is survived by his wife Kathryn, sister Linnaea Nowold, brother Carl Pflug, and nieces Kari Easley and Jamie Humphrey.
Funeral arrangements are private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to SAGE Eldercare in Summit or Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit.