Dr. Howard A. Fox, 84, died on May 15 in Shrewsbury. Dr. Fox was a pioneer in the field of neonatology, chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and director of Neonatology at Monmouth Medical Center for 15 years until his retirement. He was a compassionate and dedicated physician, caring not only for newborns, but for their families. He was a mentor to hundreds of medical students, residents, and fellows over the course of his career and was as committed to their education as he was to the care of his tiny patients.
He graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York, and received his medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he was subsequently a resident in pediatrics. From 1965-67, he served in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps as a lieutenant commander. He was stationed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. Following his military service, he completed his training at Yale University as a Fellow in Neonatology. From 1968 to 1974, he was the director of Neonatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. From 1974 to 1985, he was the director of Neonatology at the University of Kansas, where he developed the Jaystork Program, an innovative state-wide transport program for the care of sick newborns.
After his retirement from medicine and Monmouth Medical Center, Dr. Fox pursued his longstanding interest in 17th century prints and earned a degree in art history from Rutgers University in New Brunswick. For 10 years he was a volunteer in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Dr. Fox was born in Brooklyn, New York, on April 14, 1933. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara; his daughters, Sarah Fox and Marjorie Fox; his son-in-law, Jeffrey Naiman; and his two grandchildren, David Naiman and Daniel Naiman.
Bloomfield-Cooper, Ocean, was in charge of arrangements.
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