went on to say, “We have to feel we are on the edge of the cliff before we wake up to it,” reflecting on the need for a huge public works project like the third water tunnel.
George earned considerable praise as an educator and a civic leader. In addition to chairing the board of Cooper Union, he taught a course for engineering seniors that focused on the realities of being a civil engineer. In 1996, Cooper Union honored him with its first “Builder of the City Award” for lifetime contributions to the construction of New York City’s infrastructure.
For his public service, the Building Congress established, in 2005, the George A. Fox Public Service Award, which is bestowed annually on building industry professionals who perform exemplary charitable work. Recipients have included Frank J. Sciame of F. J. Sciame Construction Company; Robert E. Selsam of Boston Properties; Susan L. Hayes of Cauldwell Wingate Company, LLC; and Peter L. DiCapua of ATCO Properties.
George Fox was a man of enormous vision and integrity. He inspired all with his exceptional ability to bring together a diverse and often fragmented industry using his keen intellect and engaging persuasiveness. His personal warmth and humor played no small part in all his accomplishments. His legacy is an unsurpassed commitment to the construction field and to the City of New York.
George left his mark on New York everywhere—from the vast subterranean tunnel structure beneath the city to the education of our youth—and demonstrated the highest standards of public service. All who knew him remember a unique New Yorker who gave much more than he received.
He is survived by his wife, Cecily; two sons, Andy and Roger; two daughters, Alice and Laurie; and three grandchildren.