Saratoga Springs – A truly special and unique man, Norman M. Fox, 96, of Saratoga Springs, passed away peacefully on Friday February 26th, at Wesley Health Care Center with his family at his side.
Born July 28th 1919 at Coney Island Hospital, Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of Russian immigrants, Isador Fox and Pauline Sirgutz Fox. Norman was the youngest of three boys and the only one born in America. He brought joy to his family from the day he was born until the day he departed us.
Norman attended City College in NYC until he was drafted to serve his country in WWII. This young Army recruit was immediately selected to participate in an elite training program at MIT in Boston. After two years he was deployed to the Pacific Theatre and honorably served as a member of the Greatest Generation in the Philippines, New Guinea and Japan.
Norman’s greatest joy was when he was introduced to a Canadian beauty, Eva Rudin. They were married March 29, 1947 in New York City and they celebrated 54 years together until her death in October, 2001. Norman and Eva came to Saratoga Springs in 1947, where they started a business, and the Fox Family has been continually in business on Broadway for over 70 years.
As a businessman in downtown Saratoga Springs, Norman was a true leader and was very involved in making this the best city it could be. He was one of the original founders of the Downtown Merchants Association and the Special Assessment District. He served for many years on the City of Saratoga Springs Planning Board as Vice Chair. For all his efforts to enhance the city he loved, he was honored by The Pillar Society, The Rotary Foundation and was a recipient of The Starbuck Award. In 1978, Norman sold the business to his son Harvey so Norman could pursue other interests which included buying and selling properties in downtown Saratoga Springs and founding a mortgage banking business.
Norman was a true renaissance man with many interests. In the 1950’s he began a record company, Spa Records with his good friend, F. Charles Adler, a conductor with the Vienna Philharmonic. In the early 1990’s he donated a renowned illustrated book collection to Skidmore College and endowed a continuing lecture series now in its 25th year, which has brought in some of the country’s preeminent illustrated book scholars. He was an avid antique buyer, stamp, coin and art collector and lover of the opera.
Norman and Eva had two children, Cindy Fox Aisen of Carmel, IN and Harvey R Fox of Saratoga Springs, NY who survive him. Norman’s greatest sadness was being predeceased by his cherished granddaughter Taryn Fox in 1997 and by his wife Eva in 2001. Norman is also survived by his son-in-law Alex Aisen, his daughter-in-law Cassie R. Fox and five grandchildren, Jevan P. Fox and his wife Jerusha, Amanda, Adam, Ariel and Andrew Aisen. Norman also leaves behind many special friends who went out of their way to make sure that his days were happy ones right through the end. There are angels in this world and in Norman’s case, they were named Phil Klein, Mike Seidel and Catherine Golden.