Marilyn Fox

Marilyn Fox has devoted her energy and resources to countless causes focused on making the St. Louis community better. Fox received an honorary doctor of humanities degree in 2013.


Encouraging growth in the community

She has held leadership roles in a variety of organizations, including the Missouri Botanical Garden, Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis, Jewish Federation of St. Louis and St. Louis Jewish Community Center, the Missouri History Museum and Webster University.

In 1992, she was elected the first female president of the Jewish Community Center and led a successful $17 million campaign for its satellite facility in Chesterfield, MO. The Chesterfield facility, which opened in 1996, is named the Marilyn Fox Building.

She also served as board vice chair of the United Way of Greater St. Louis; board vice president of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri; and twice chair of the Old Newsboys Day Campaign for Kids.

Marilyn Fox and her husband, Sam Fox, are strong supporters of Washington University. They are members of the Danforth Circle of the university’s William Greenleaf Eliot Society. In recognition of their steadfast support and generosity, one of the seven schools bears the family name: the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.

photo: Marilyn FoxAmong the honors she has received are the St. Louis Women of Achievement Award in 1993 and Woman of the Year Award from Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis in 1996. The National Conference of Community and Justice recognized her with its Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award in 1998.

In 2007, Marilyn Fox was inducted into the Old Newsboys Day Hall of Fame for her support of the annual November campaign to fund children’s charities.