Such Great Heights

Such Great Heights

Introducing the Robert and Penny Fox Tower

Robert A. and Penny Fox have devoted decades in service to The Wistar Institute, so naturally they were first in the hearts and minds of Wistar’s Board of Trustees when it came time to decide how to name Wistar’s new research tower, the Institute’s first new building in almost 40 years. It was an honor bestowed in recognition of the Foxes’ unparalleled dedication and service to the Institute.Robert and Penny Fox

The Robert and Penny Fox Tower, an integral part of the Building Wistar, Changing the World capital campaign, is scheduled to open in the spring of 2014.

“With the Robert and Penny Fox Tower, we are building an entirely new Wistar, one better equipped to link basic science with medical practice,” said Wistar President and CEO Russel E. Kaufman, M.D. “Through their generous support, the Foxes are helping to drive Wistar’s research engine forward into scientific frontiers that will have the greatest impact on public health.”

“We are pleased to be part of this seminal moment for Wistar,” said Robert Fox. “To us there is no greater investment than saving lives through science.”

Over the years, the Foxes’ philanthropy has underwritten numerous initiatives, including the Robert & Penny Fox Distinguished Professorship held by Cancer Center Director Dario Altieri, M.D., the Robert A. Fox Structural Biology Center, and the renovation of Wistar’s auditorium. Currently, Robert Fox is chair of the Building Wistar, Changing the World capital campaign, and the Foxes’ generous support has, to date, helped the Institute reach two-thirds of its fundraising goal for the new research tower.Robert and Penny Fox Tower

Robert Fox has been a member of Wistar’s Board of Trustees since 1974 and served as the Board’s president between 1984 and 1994. He was the first recipient of The Wistar Award in 1994. Penny Fox has been a true partner in her husband’s board participation, notably chairing the 2011 Wistar Gala, which raised more than $150,000 for the Building Wistar, Changing the World campaign.