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Memorial service held for BC Law's Sanford Fox

(7-7-2000) A memorial service was held yesterday at Stanetsky Memorial Chapel in Brookline for renowned criminal law and children's rights expert Prof. Sanford J. Fox (Law), who died July 1 from a series of heart complications. He was 70.

A professor at BC Law for more than 40 years, Fox was internationally known for his efforts to redefine and advance the rights of children. He served as chair of the Committee on the Rights of Children for the American Bar Association, as well as chair of the United States Section of Defense for Children International, and on the Board of Governors of the ABA Center on Children and the Law.

Fox also was a consultant to the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect for the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and a consultant on juvenile courts for the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice. He was a member of the National Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals' Advisory Committee on Juvenile Delinquency.

"Sandy Fox was an important scholar, a fearsome advocate for the rights of children, and a man of great moral and intellectual integrity," said Boston College Law School Dean John H. Garvey. "His presence at the Law School has contributed immensely to the stature of this institution. We will miss him more than I can say."

Born in Brooklyn and educated at the University of Illinois and Harvard Law School, Fox served in the US Navy before accepting a position as a teaching fellow at Harvard Law. He joined the faculty at Boston College Law School in 1959.

Fox held fellowships and grants from the Ford Foundation, National Institute for Mental Health, National Endowment for the Humanities, and National Science Foundation. He was the author or co-author of more than 50 articles and seven books, including Modern Juvenile Justice and Children Out of Court.

In 1967, Fox became involved in a series of efforts to reform the criminal codes of several New England states, and served as chief counsel to reform commissions in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. Fox was also elected a member of the American Law Institute in 1976, and served as assistant reporter for Sentencing and Corrections, Model Penal Code Commentaries Revision Project.

Fox received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1997 from the University of Glasgow in recognition of his scholarly contribution to the international development of juvenile law, and his crafting and implementing of the Scottish juvenile justice system. He was recently working on a World Wide Web site for children that would inform them of their rights under domestic and international law. He also left unfinished a comparative study of the juvenile justice systems in the United States, Scotland and New Zealand.

He also served as a visiting professor at the University of Texas and the University of Paris, and a visiting fellow at Clare College, Cambridge.

Fox is survived by his wife, Vivian; his sons, Gregory of Los Angeles and Michael of Columbus, Ohio; and his daughter, Diana of Providence.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions be made to one of Fox' three favorite charities: Defense for Children International, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Amnesty International.


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