Walter Fox, OFM
1921 – 1983
Fr. Walter Fox, OFM, was born in the Bronx, N.Y., on Dec. 2, 1921. After studying at St. Joseph Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., he entered the Province’s novitiate in 1942 at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J.
Fr. Walter professed temporary vows in 1943 and solemn vows in 1946. Before he was ordained a priest in 1948, Fr. Walter received his master’s degree in English.
His first assignment was to the faculty of Bishop Timon High School in Buffalo, N.Y, where he taught English and served as the athletic director. After four years at Timon, Fr. Walter served at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y., from 1955 to 1959, again teaching English and serving as athletic director. From 1962 to 1964, he chaired the English department.
In 1966, Fr. Walter began a 17-year stay with the Provincial Mission Band, where he preached in parish missions and retreats. During his time with the mission band, Fr. Walter resided at St. Stephen of Hungary Friary in New York City.
Fr. Walter was a popular preacher who touched the lives of many people who encountered him, either in his classroom or “on the road.”
He died on Sept. 19, 1983, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Utica, N.Y. Fr. Walter was 61 years old, a professed friar for 40 years and a priest for 35 years.