Jill Elinor Fox was a 19-year-old college student, studying at Beaver College outside of Philadelphia when she was stricken with an illness that swiftly and unexpectedly took her life in January 1960. Louis and Dorothy Fox, Jill’s parents, tried every medical means available to try to save their younger daughter’s life. No cost was too large; no sacrifice was too great. Out of the depth of this personal tragedy emerged a Fund whose very name is synonymous with daily acts of loving-kindness. For more than 40 years, Jill’s memory has served as a blessing not only to her dear family but also to thousands of individuals who have been the recipients of grants that bear her name.
Throughout their lives, Dorothy and Louis Fox have been in the forefront of charitable giving in the Baltimore Jewish community and community in general. Serving on THE ASSOCIATED, Baltimore’s Jewish Federation, for more than a half a century, in addition to holding more than 25 presidencies and chairmanships of local non-profits along with serving on 25 other philanthropic boards, Louis Fox initiated and nurtured the concept of endowment development in the Jewish Federation movement. Strongly entrenched in family values, Dorothy and Louis Fox led by example, giving of themselves to family and community. Fulfilling the indomitable spirit of philanthropy, they, in an unpretentious and magnanimous manner, gave breath to the endowment prophecy, “As my parents planted for me…so I plant for those who come after me.”