The Fox Engineering Story
Elden G. Fox, P.E.--
(written by Son, James E. Fox)
He was known as a loving husband and father and as a talented engineer with
a never ending desire to learn and to encourage others to do the
Dad began his career in the engineering area of his life when he was in his
early teens living on Pine Street in Newark, Ohio. A minister, Rev.
Doyle, of a nearby church took an interest in helping some of the young
boys in the neighborhood by inviting them to come to his place to work on
old radios. This very minor event in Dad's life became the stepping
stone for a lifelong interest in electrical & mechanical designs, and
probably encouraged his already eager mind to explore any new area of life
with greater interest and enthusiasm.
Dad was never afraid to explore new avenues of adventure and
education. For example, he used to ride his bicycle to the nearby
Newark Airport to take flying lessons along with Bill Harvey, a friend from
school . That was a big step for a young man
to take on his own, without any encouragement or
financial assistance from home. He would remind his mom to
look for him in the sky when he flew over their house; he would tip his
wings to signal it was him. So, with that same eager enthusiasm, he
accomplished the goal of getting his pilot's license, even before he was old
enough to drive a car.
Later, he was accepted into Radio School in the US Air Force and spent time
in the South Pacific on the Island of Guam, maintaining the Radio
Communications and Navigation Equipment for the Allied Forces during World
So, the engineering tradition of our firm started with my father. As his
experience continued in Industry, after receiving a degree in Electrical
Engineering, he received his Professional Engineering (P.E.) License in
1959 and began his consulting career part-time while working as an engineer
at Kaiser Aluminum.
He has published engineering articles in trade magazines and held
leadership roles in OSPE, AIEEE, and ASHRAE. His experience
in the Aluminum wire industry lead to his recommendations becoming
part of our National Electrical Code.
During this time Dad continued doing consulting projects which included
such things as Restaurants, Cafeterias, Church Buildings, Football Fields,
Dormitories, Parking Lots, Printing Facilities, FM Transmitter and Studio
Facility, Commercial Garages, Storage Buildings, Machine Shops and
Industrial Automation. Because of his deep interest and commitment of
Engineering, he encouraged others to be drawn into the same field.
I remember when I was about seven years old, Dad
began to show me how to draw three dimensional pictures. He drew a
cylinder-shaped block of cheese with a wedged-shaped slice cut out, and
then drew the different views of the block of cheese showing the top view,
the side view, and the hidden lines - the way an engineer would depict
details of a machine or structural sections of a building. Dad
continued these occasional training sessions developing inspiration by
creative pictures, illustrations, and comic strip characters; as well as,
by experiencing the hands-on enlightenment of playing with a model Erector
set, Lionel-electric trains, Lincoln logs; assembling radios, sirens and
101 other electronic circuits.
Though Dad is gone, he is not forgotten, his talent for encouraging others
to learn, continues to effect many to this day.