Resolution to establish the Raymond W. Fox Award
The purposes of this organization, as set forth in
Article I, Section II of its By-Laws, are:
To promote expertise in criminal and civil law and advocacy, to improve the quality of legal representation and to encourage improvement in the court system;
To educate the public, the bench and the bar of the need for quality and integrity in legal services and representation; and to promote enlightened thought concerning alternatives to, and modifications of, the present court system;
To guard against erosion of the rights and privileges guaranteed by the United States and Michigan Constitutions and laws.
It is the desire of this organization to recognize and encourage people whose activity is in harmony with and tends to advance these purposes.
WE RESOLVE that this organization shall promote recognition of those people or organizations whose activities notably advance these aims by honoring them with the Raymond W. Fox Award, which we shall present in the memory of our distinguished jurist for dedicated service or outstanding achievement in the advancement and preservation of our rights, advocacy or the legal system.
About Raymond W. Fox
In 1945, Governor Harry F. Kelly appointed Raymond Fox to the Probate Bench for the County of Kalamazoo. His service as Probate Judge ended in 1948 when, at the age of thirty-eight, Governor Sigler appointed him to the Circuit Bench. He succeeded the Honorable George V. Weimer, and became one of the youngest men ever to serve as Circuit Judge.
Judge Fox served on the Circuit Bench for the next twenty-nine years. In 1966, he was elected as the presiding Judge of the Ninth Circuit, succeeding the Honorable Lucien Sweet in that capacity.
Judge Fox served the legal community for a total of forty-four years. Thirty-two of those years were distinguished on the bench, twenty-nine as Circuit Judge.
During his career, particularly while serving as Circuit Judge, Judge Fox lectured and taught in colleges, law schools and continuously within the legal profession. His years of service will long be remembered, not only for the high standard of ethics and principles he brought into the community, but for the wit, love, compassion and humanitarianism that were so much a part of his every day life.
1981 — – Hon. Charles Pratt
1981 — – Hon. Peter Westra
1982 — – Nelson Pelletier
1983 — – Eugene Field (posthumously)
1985 — – William Fette
1986 — – James Brignall (posthumously)
1987 — – Bruce Stein
1988 — – Judge Douglas Hillman
1990 — – Roman Plaszczak and James Bauhof
1991 — – J. William Dark
1993 — – James B. Ford
1995 — – Mikell Griffith
1999 — – John LaParl, Sr.
2000 — – Earl Dalzell
2002 — – Hon. John Foley
2006 — – Frederick Eagle Royce, III
2008 — – Richard C. Kupferschmidt
2010 — – Hon. William C. Buhl
2012 — – Samuel T. Field
2015 — – James D. Hills
Judge Raymond W. Fox was the rare breed of person who brought warm humor, compassion, intellect and charm to everything he did. His consistent fairness from the bench in judging the acts of those who stood before him has set the standard for those who will serve after him. He exemplified the qualities of dedicated service achievements in the advancement and preservation of our adversarial system of justice. A lifelong resident of Kalamazoo, Raymond W. Fox was born February 22, 1910. He died unexpectedly at the age of 67 on June 20, 1977.
After attending Kalamazoo Central High School, Raymond Fox studied at Kalamazoo College from 1927 to 1929. That year, he transferred to the University of Chicago, graduating in 1931. He immediately entered the University of Michigan Law School where he served on the Law Review and graduated with honors in 1933. He was also honored as a member of the Order of the Coif.
Upon graduation from law school, he joined the firm of Fox, Fox and Fox in Kalamazoo. Members of that firm included his father, William R., and his brother, Gould.
After two years of private practice, Raymond Fox was appointed Assistant State Attorney General in 1935. He served in that capacity until 1936 when he was appointed Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and Friend of the Court for Kalamazoo County.
Raymond Fox’s years as a bachelor ended in 1941 when he married Margaret E. Calbreach, a marriage that endured for the next thirty-six years.