Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Bob Fox – Robert “Bob” Fox was born on December 6, 1943 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to parents Darlene Blumenberg and Henry Fox. He has one brother, Jim. Bob went to high school in Birmingham, Michigan.
Bob knew from a young age that he wanted to become an attorney. He attended the University of Minnesota for his bachelor’s and then went to law school at Duke University. He practiced law for a few years before deciding that he wanted to do something different. In 1972 he became a founding faculty member at Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis. Over the next thirty-five years, he helped develop student-centered curriculum and taught courses on a wide range of subjects, including law and education.
Bob is an accomplished and internationally renowned table tennis player. He began playing during law school and has since competed all over the world. In 1992 he became the team leader for the U.S. National and Olympic table tennis teams. As team leader, he attended four Olympics, most recently the 2008 games in Beijing, twelve world championships, and the Pan American Games.
Bob has lived and traveled all over the U.S. In addition to California and Minnesota, he has lived in South Dakota, North Carolina, and New Mexico. He has fond memories of many family road trips when he was little. He has been married “a few times.” He has two children, Andrew and Brianna, who are both very successful in their chosen fields. He moved to Davis in December 2019 in order to be closer to Andrew.
Bob describes himself as intelligent, engaging, and a man of broad interests. He has centered his life around education and learning. He would like to be remembered as someone who was always learning and for his contributions to table tennis. Aside from his passion for table tennis, Bob is a self-described “wine nut.” He had an expansive wine cellar and used to lead tours of wineries and vineyards.
Here at Carlton Davis, Bob appreciates that he can relax after living a very active life. He is not a big music person, but he does enjoy Mississippi Delta folk music. He loves Spanish food, like tapas, and all types of seafood and shellfish. His favorite scent is lavender. He enjoys watching videos on activism and politics. He advises others to be accepting of others. He always taught his children about the importance of accepting others’ race, cultures, and beliefs and believes that everyone should strive to do the same.
Read more about Bob on the Team USA website.
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Written by Ben Slade, Resident Liaison at Carlton Senior Living Davis