Mr. Joseph C. Fox
The Fox International Fellowship Program at The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Areas Studies at Yale was established by Joseph Carrère Fox in 1988 as a result of his deeply held belief in the "importance of international education in achieving peace and stability in the world of the 21st century." Mr. and Mrs. Fox maintain an active role in the development of the Program.
After graduating from Yale College in 1938, Mr. Fox went on to study at Cambridge University in 1939. Mr. Fox relates that "the year of independent research and study in England broadened my understanding of world affairs and served as the catalyst for a career in international investment banking and an active interest in contributing to world peace." He subsequently received an MBA from New York University in 1951.
A retired international investment banker and partner of Kidder, Peabody & Co., Mr. Fox has been extensively engaged in corporate, philanthropic and educational activities throughout his career. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and speaks three foreign languages, including Russian. Active as an alumnus in Yale affairs, Mr. Fox is a Sterling Fellow and a charter member of the President's Council on International Activities. In addition, he was recently awarded the Yale Medal, the University's highest honor for service.
In June 2001, Mr. Fox was elected a Fellow Commoner by Cambridge University for his work with the Fox International Fellowship Program and the University. Originating in the 16th century, the designation is an honor granted to show special appreciation. There are only seven Fellows to date, and Mr. Fox is the first American to be so honored.
Fox International Fellowship program also receives support from GE Fund's matching gift program. The GE Fund, the philanthropic foundation of the General Electric Company, invests in improving educational quality and access and in strengthening community organizations in GE communities around the world. All told, GE, the GE Fund and GE employees and retirees contributed over $100 million to community and educational institutions last year.
Benjamin Zucker, a member of the Yale College class of ’62, has designated a portion of his gifts to Yale to support environmental studies as a field of research in the Fox Program. Mr. Zucker is a well-known gem merchant in New York City, and an author. His novels include Blue and Green. He also published Gems and Jewels, as well as five other books on the history of jewelry.
A gift from the The David and Mildred Morse Charitable Trust, in honor of Alan Hockstader's 50th Reunion, Yale College class of ’57, supports the fellowship of two Fox Fellows each year – one to Yale and one from Yale.
The Program also receives support from anonymous sources.