Chelmsford High School Alumni Association
Awarding Criteria: Will be awarded to the President of the National Honor Society
Edward Fox graduated from Chelmsford High School in 1942. He was the Salutatorian of his class. While at Chelmsford High, he was involved in a number of co-curricular activities: National Honor Society, the orchestra, the Chemistry Club, and the Slide Rule Club. Not all of his activities were “serious,” however, as he participated in the Senior Show and Stunt Night.
He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1947 in the Pacific, Japan, and China. During the time of the Korean conflict, he was in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1953, publishing reports on flight test work done on Boeings B-47 Stratojet and high altitude tests of the F-51 Mustang.
Mr. Fox continued his education, graduating from MIT in 1950 with a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Later in adulthood he received a Certificate of Advanced Management from Harvard University in 1975.
He had a long career at Proctor & Gamble – 1950 to 1994. In that time his research team developed dozens of products such as Crest Toothpaste, Duncan Hines Cake Mixes, Old Spice, Folgers Coffee, Scope, Pringles potato chips, Ivory Liquid, Joy, Jiffy Peanut Butter, Crisco Oil, Clorox and many more.
He was also the president of the Plastics Recycling Foundation from 1990-1993. This is an international consortium of 50 companies, managing university research on recycling of plastics.
Mr. Fox has twice received awards at the White House in honor of his recycling work. He has spoken to international gatherings many times around the world.
Last, but not least, Mr. Fox has given a great deal of time to community causes, giving back what he has been given.