ALEXANDRIA, VA – Mark Charles Fox, Jr. passed away on October 30, 2021. He was a big brother and uncle, a steadfast companion to his pets and an intensely private and complex person who nonetheless had a big loving heart for them. multitudes of people who considered him a friend. One roommate noted: “He was truly a gentleman and a scholar – scholar, literate, even educated – with a twisted and sharp mind. He was an artist, a musician, a philosopher, an excellent writer and a very complicated person. He had traveled the world and knew more than most people I have known.
Born January 11, 1954 in Blackstone, Virginia, Mark had an itinerant start to life due to his father’s military career. Shortly after Mark’s birth, the family moved to Greece for two years, living in Athens and Chania. Mark’s first language was Greek, and his fascination with puns was rooted in his childhood language acquisition. As a child, he used to say in Greek: “Look, mom, milk! when he is faced with snow for the first time. In 1958, the family moved to Ankara, Turkey, where Mark attended elementary school, tempted Cubs, and had many adventures, not all of which were known to his parents. Mark said of his youth: “I thought growing up in Turkey instilled a strong sense of otherness in me, but as a newbie in India it really touched me. “
The family returned to the United States in 1965, settling in Alexandria, Virginia. Mark attended St. Stephen’s School and Hammond High School, where he formed the first quartet of his lifelong friends. Hijackings at Camp Whitehall and subversive mockery of St. Stephen’s football training ensued as Mark’s first stretches of resistance to authority became evident.
Mark attended Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he graduated with Distinction in 1976 under the benevolent tutelage of Don Rogan of the Department of Religion. Mark took a year off mid-school, expressing his signature entrepreneurial spirit when he developed a successful New York Times home delivery business in his rural area while also working for Head Start. His classmates and roommates from that time remain among his closest friends. As Mark commented on a photo of his senior roommates, “We have supported each other through continued camaraderie – sometimes good things last, no matter what.”
After college, Mark returned to the DC area where he worked at Savile Bookstore among other local bookstores. His eclectic readings and avid research of all kinds of knowledge supported him in his later work as a representative of the University Publications of America, for which he also researched at the Library of Congress. A major car accident left him with a badly broken leg, and the antibiotic treatment he received during the leg reconstruction resulted in cochlear impairment.
Meanwhile, Mark began a gig as a rock drummer for his group Type-O, a vocation that contributed to both his love for the Ramones and his deafness. With a roommate, he founded the DooDooist Art Movement in which he continued to perform for the rest of his life. Portraits of found objects were his first works, and he matured to produce sophisticated manipulations of digital images as well as classic street photos of people he met on his travels around the world.
In the early 1990s, Mark was living in California, where he began working on health care program development. Back in the East in the 1990s, Mark moved to East Berlin, Pennsylvania, and embarked on a career in physical and mental health care.
In 1996, Mark started his own company, MCF Consulting Inc, to formulate violence mitigation programs focused on the use of community health workers.
A few years ago, Mark proudly announced that “the Interpersonal Violence Mitigation Program I launched is now operational at WV and NV with WA, TN, TX in negotiations.” He later noted that “the program that I started in Clark County NV (Las Vegas) has been expanded to include a pilot self-injury component for youth suicide prevention.
As his programs became more widely accepted and implemented, Mark consulted with other leaders in this field, founding the company Mark Fox & Associates, which he was working for at the time of his death.
Throughout his adult life, Mark enjoyed learning about other cultures. He lived on the east and west coasts and visited forty-eight of the 50 United States. He traveled often to Europe and got acquainted with the small villages of the Himalayas during seven visits to India. He also toured Kenya and Australia, setting foot on five of the seven continents.
Always the type to defy limits, Mark has lived through heart attacks, a collapsed lung, major car accidents, house fires and dire medical situations. A student of Eastern religions and the Ramones, he had strong ideas about what constituted a life worth living and he lived up to his ethics. Recently, his health had deteriorated and he made the decision not to prolong his life on conditions he considered untenable.
Mark was predeceased by his father, Mark Charles Fox Sr. (Col. USAF, retired) and his mother, Maggie McDaniel Fox.
He is survived by his sisters Linda Fox Hill and Marcia Fox Amans (Christian); his nieces Corinne Amans Lucas (Zac) and Virginia Amans; his nephews Mark Hill (Aileen) and Nick Amans; his great-nieces Elaena and Celestine; and great-nephews Keenan and Declan. Mark is also survived by his ex-wife Tippi and many friends and colleagues. In early 2022, there will be a rally to celebrate Mark’s life.
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