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Mr. Fox is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RAF Industries, the private investment firm he founded in 1979. He was previously Chief Executive Officer of Warner Company, a NYSE-listed company. While associated with Warner, he completed over 25 acquisitions and grew Waste Resources, a start-up subsidiary, into a national, publicly traded solid waste management firm. Mr. Fox has served as a member of the Board of Directors of a number of public corporations. Some of his philanthropic positions include Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, where he endowed the Fox Leadership Program, director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and director of The Gesu School.
Mr. Fox has played an active role in the governance and financial stewardship of The Wistar Institute since joining the Board of Directors in 1974, serving as secretary (1974-1982), chair of the finance committee (1975-1984), and president (1984-1994). Along with his wife, Penny, he has generously supported programs and activities across the Institute, including the Robert and Penny Fox Distinguished Professorship, which is currently held by Wistar Cancer Center director Dario C. Altieri, M.D.; the Robert A. Fox Structural Biology Center; the Joseph N. Grossman, M.D., Auditorium; and the Albert R. Taxin Brain Tumor Research Center.
The microscope in the image belonged to William E. Horner, M.D., a collaborator with Caspar Wistar, M.D., in the early 1800s.
Dr. Horner, a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, was a pioneer of the use of microscopes in anatomical and medical research. He authored Special Anatomy and Histology, a seminal text on the subject.