Douglas Fox

Obituary of Douglas Fox

Douglas M. Fox of Trumbull died peacefully at home on February 28, 2017 surrounded by those he loved and who loved him. A Professor of Public Administration, author of six books, and public management consultant, Dr. Fox received his bachelor's degree from Yale University in 1962 and his doctorate from Columbia University in 1968. He taught college classes for 35 years and was a member of the faculty at Western Connecticut State University from 1979 until his retirement in 2001. Doug Fox was host of WMNR-FM's 'Evening at the Opera' program since 1983. He was passionate about opera and enjoyed his many conversations with listeners over these past years. Doug was proud of the fact that through his opera program he was able to share his love of opera with both beginners and aficionados.


Doug was born in New London, CT, on May 2, 1940, the son of Margaret Knott Fox and Wilson Ward Fox. He is survived by his wife, Diana Fox, of Trumbull; his daughter, Marcia Sellner, and grandchildren, Zachary and Jordan Sellner, of Danbury; his brother, Michael Fox, of Seattle, WA ; his sister, Lyell Fox, of Sequim, WA; his nieces, Kelly Fox Violette, Hailey Fox and Anna Fox, nephews, Erik Hildebrand and Adam Hildebrand, and cousins Althea Booth Athenian, Kathy McCutcheon, Marjorie Gerli, Bob Knott and their families. He was predeceased by his parents, his son, Jeffrey Fox and his nephew Brendan Fox.


A memorial service to celebrate Doug's life and share memories will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Road, Trumbull, CT. Recordings of operatic music will be played, and listeners of his program and all opera lovers are invited. 


In lieu of flowers, it is requested that those who wish to do so, contribute to WMNR Fine Arts Radio or a charity of their choice.