Arthur J. Fox, Jr.

Arthur J. Fox, Jr., is the fifteenth recipient of the Carroll H. Dunn Award of Excellence. He exceeds all criteria for the award and his wide-ranging perspective of the industry adds stature to CII’s highest recognition.

Art Fox was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1923. He received his BS in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College in 1947. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from his alma mater in 1982.

Mr. Fox began his engineering career as a rodman in the Columbia County (NY) Highway Department in 1941, and later worked as a draftsman for a private engineering firm in New York. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army infantry as a construction foreman in the European theatre and was awarded the Bronze Star.

In 1948, he joined Engineering News-Record magazine as an assistant editor. He rose through the ranks to become ENR’s managing editor in 1960. In 1964, he was appointed Editor of the magazine. During his 24 years as Editor, he helped to establish ENR as the primary periodical publication of the industry. He launched ENR’s “Man of the Year” award and associated dinner, which is now an annual award in its thirty-fifth year. In 1987, he founded ENR’s Construction Industry Presidents Forum, which has now evolved to the Construction Industry Round Table, an association of 100 CEOs of the leading engineering and construction firms. While with ENR, he traveled around the world to report on construction news. In 1988, and after 40 years with the magazine, he retired as Editor Emeritus.

Mr. Fox has received numerous awards. The Beavers awarded him its Golden Beaver Service Award in 1988. He also is a member of the Moles. He is a past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has been recognized by the American Consulting Engineers Council and the National Utility Contractors of America, among others.

Long a proponent of unity-building organizations within the industry, Mr. Fox was among the founders of the National Construction Industry Council and the American Association of Engineering Societies. He also has a keen interest in construction education and research, and was the keynote speaker at the Construction Industry Institute Annual Conference in 1988.

According to an industry representative, “Art has long been deserving of recognition from the heavy construction industry for his expert and incisive coverage of major construction projects and activities throughout the world. His magazine’s in-depth reporting on all matters of concern to contractors, architects, and engineers should be ‘must’ reading for college students planning to enter the construction profession.”

Mr. Fox is an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, a Fellow in the ASCE, and a past trustee of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. He has a son and daughter who are successful in their own careers. Widowed in 1991 after 45 years of marriage, he remarried in 1993 and currently resides in Potomac, Maryland.