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Sheldon Fox Dies at 76

Photography © Jock Pottle

On Sunday, Kohn Pedersen Fox co-founder Sheldon Fox, FAIA, died of cancer. He was 76.

Fox began his 41-year career in 1955, after serving as a U.S. Army lieutenant in Korea. The young draftsman moved up through the ranks of Kahn and Jacobs, and became a partner in the firm. In 1972, he joined John Warnecke and Associates as senior vice president, but four years later, he, A. Eugene Kohn, and William Pedersen joined forces in their own effort, agreeing to split responsibilities as managing principal, marketing principal, and design principal, respectively.

With a low-profile management style, Fox shepherded many of the firm’s most notable projects, including six building for ABC, the Proctor & Gamble headquarters in Cincinnati, and Washington, D.C.’s World Bank headquarters.

Fox’s contribution to the architecture community ranged beyond practice, serving stints as director of the Lighthouse Business Council and of the Architectural League of New York. Closer to home, he chaired the design review board of Stamford, Connecticut, where he lived for many years before a recent move to the nearby town of Fairfield. Fox also was a founding member of the AIA’s Large Firm Roundtable and a member of the Practice Management Committee. 

David Sokol