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Joseph E. Fox
(1911-1962)

Joseph "Joe" Edward Fox, Jr. was born July 18, 1911 in Media, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, the son of Eda and Joe Sr., a sheet-metal worker. He began collecting minerals as a teenager with another local collector, T. Chalkley Palmer (1860-1934), in the 1920's. They avidly collected at all the popular mines and quarries of the time in southeastern Pennsylvania. Upon returning from a field trip he would wash his specimens at the public laundry rather than clog the sink at home.

Joe was an active member of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia and the Delaware County Institute of Science in Media, Pennsylvania. His wife Mildred once told her doctor that she couldn't have a baby on a Monday because Joe wouldn't be home--he would be at the Institute studying minerals.

Joe moved to Kansas in 1954, while working for Westinghouse. He died March 11, 1962 in Overland Park, Kansas, and was buried back in his hometown of Media. When it was time to ship his collection back to Pennsylvania, the movers refused to touch it for fear of getting radiation poisoning from the fluorescent minerals! His wife solved this problem by donating the collection to the Institute, which was then responsible for the shipping arrangements. The collection, rich in local Pennsylvania specimens, is still retained by the Institute.

Reference:
MITCHELL, J. Roger (2006) Personal communication.
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