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Memorial Tributes, Volume 14
He also designed or supervised all types of steel and concrete bridges, including the 5.2-mile Penang Bridge, a 1,444-foot three-span segmental concrete cable-stayed bridge linking Penang Island with the mainland of Malaysia, and the Cooper River Bridge in Charleston, South Carolina, an innovative parallel chord steel truss with a span of 800 feet, among others. He served as a member of the World Bank’s Design Review Panel for the Bahrain Causeway Project and as a member of the Cornell University panel to evaluate the condition of the cable system of the 1,000-foot radio telescope structure at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. A renowned expert in bridge design, Fox continued to consult on major bridge projects for Caltrans, including the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge from 1998 until 2007.
Fox pioneered the use of the computer for engineering problem solving, attending IBM schools for programming instruction and subsequently developing large-scale structural analysis and design programs to run on mainframe electronic computers. At Columbia University he taught bridge design for 20 years, using his computer applications. In 1986 he was awarded the first adjunct professor award “for outstanding contributions to the school through inspired and effective teaching.”
He lectured at many other universities, including courses in bridge design at Cornell University. He was very involved in the Cornell University Alumni having served as President of the Cornell Society of Engineers (CSE), a member of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory, and Director Emeritus of the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association (CEAA).
Fox was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering in 1976, “for contributions in structural theory with innovative elements of construction practice in building bridges.” He was honored in 1980 with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Ernest E. Howard Award, bestowed for his innovative contributions to and advancement in the design of long-span bridges. In 1986 he was awarded the ASCE Metropolitan Section’s Roebling Award for eminence in