Paul Maurice Fox, of Charleston, a civic leader and former president and owner of Fox Music House, died Friday. He was 82.
Born July 21, 1931, he was the son of the late Sarah Mendelson and Otto Fox. He grew up in Charleston and graduated in 1953 from The Citadel with a degree in business administration. He is an Air Force veteran of the Korean War.
Fox became a part-owner of Fox Music House, his father’s instrument shop, in 1956. Once his father retired, he was named president of the company in 1972, and held the position until 1993 when his son Charles took over the family business.
During Fox’s time as president, Fox Music founded the Trident Honor Band, the first integrated band in South Carolina.
Fox was a leader in the Jewish community, serving as president and fund-raiser with Brith Sholom Beth Israel, president of the Charleston Jewish Community Center and chairman of the board of Addlestone Hebrew Academy. He also served as president of the Organization for Rehabilitation and Training, an international Jewish organization that promotes education.
He was involved in many other community organizations, including the Uptown Merchant’s Association, Rotary Club of Charleston and the Dockside Association. He was a founding member of Charleston Crisis Ministries.
He is survived by his wife, Joan Warshauer Fox; five children, Charles Fox, Lowell Fox, Walter Fox, Diane Fox and Jenni Levin; 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at noon Monday at Brith Shalom Beth Israel Cemetery in Maryville. Memorials may be made to the Brith Shalom Beth Israel Synagogue’s P. Maurice Fox Memorial Fund.