James G. Fox Receives College Honor Alumnus Award from Colorado State University’s Alumni Association

Dr. James G. Fox, professor and director of comparative medicine at the Whitaker College of Health and Sciences at MIT, will receive the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences’ College Honor Alumnus Award from Colorado State University. The award will be presented to Fox on Friday, Feb. 17, at a special ceremony hosted by Colorado State’s Alumni Association.

"Dr. Fox’s career provides a strong basis for concluding that he has attained extraordinary distinction and success in his field of endeavor and brought credit to Colorado State University and benefit to his fellow citizens," said Daniel Gould, Colorado State University professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology, who nominated Fox for the recognition. "He has been extraordinarily productive in research, teaching and service."

The honor alumnus graduated from Colorado State in 1968 with a degree in veterinary medicine. Fox then worked at the Laboratory Animal Branch of the U.S. Army Veterinary Corp. in Fort Detrick before earning his master’s at Stanford University in 1973. In 1974, he joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a research associate and was soon after appointed head of the Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine as an associate professor in 1975.  

Since then, Fox has become a professor, served as the director of the Division of Comparative Medicine and built an internationally respected program in graduate laboratory animal medicine training and microbiology and pathology biomedical research.

In 2004, he was elected to membership in the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Members are elected on the basis of their professional achievement.

"His recent election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences serve to confirm that he has attained a high level of recognition by his peers and is deserving of recognition from his alma mater," Gould said.

Fox serves on the ad hoc advisory committee for the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology, NIH-supported, post-D.V.M., Ph.D. trainee awards at Colorado State. In the past years he also has served as a laboratory animal medicine consultant for projects based in Colorado State Laboratory Animal Resources.

Fox has been previously recognized with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation Excellence in Research Award, the Merit Award for Research in Comparative Medicine from the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association Charles River Prize in laboratory animal sciences.