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Dr Richard Fox

Dr Richard Fox has died at the age of 82.

He was one of the country’s leading psychiatrists and the seventh generation of a family of Quaker doctors. He was the son of Dr J Tylor Fox who was a leading figure in the epilepsy world in the 1930s and 1940s and a central figure in the movement that created British Epilepsy Association (BEA). Perhaps it was no surprise therefore that once he had qualified as a doctor, Richard Fox should have an interest in epilepsy.

Dr Richard Fox originally joined the Council of Management and Executive Committee of BEA in 1959. In 1962 he was appointed as a consultant at Severalls Hospital in Colchester and he resigned his commitments with BEA to concentrate on his new job. Even so, he remained a member of the influential BEA medical committee.

He rejoined the Council in 1964 when the charity became incorporated and he remained a member until 1976. From 1977 to 1978 he served again on the Executive Committee of Council and finally stepped down when he was appointed as a vice President of BEA in 1981. He remained in this role for twenty one years until 2002.

Epilepsy was not Dr Fox’s only passion. He was a keen supporter of the Samaritans and was at one time their honorary national psychiatric consultant. He even helped to establish the Samaritans in New York. He was a strong advocate for community based medical care and his work in Colchester was often used as a national example.

Richard Fox is survived by his wife Doreen, also a former member of Council, five children, twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren. We send them all our condolences for their loss and our appreciation for Richard’s contribution to British Epilepsy Association.

Philip Lee,
Chief Executive, Epilepsy Action
August 2010

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Dr. Richard Fox was of great help in treating my late wife Margaret Levitt for her depression.First as an out patient at St Peters Maldon,in the early 70's then at Myland Court with anti depressant drugs,narcosis,then eventually ECT.He was very good at explaining the procedures at a time when depression was not accepted by many as an illness,but something one could get over by "pulling yourself together".

Submitted by Ray Levitt on

I was shocked to read of his death when I was searching your website in relation to a query I had.

I worked with him for many years on various projects to do with rehabilitation and community care when I was based at Severalls Hospital, Colchester. He was kind and deeply committed to the needs of the mentally ill.

When I was a mature student he gave me access to a vast collection of statistics from The Samaritans archives taken from returns from all branches throughout the UK over a ten year span using information collected from first-time callers. This gave me an opportunity for a wide ranging study of suicide prevention and he enabled me to compare UK policy cross culturally through papers he loaned me from the International Association for Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention. I was extremely grateful for this opportunity.

He will be sorely missed.

Submitted by Heather E.Burton on

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