Bryant as a Lifelong Passion
"He had many passions in life—the ocean and boating, golf, friends and family. And most certainly, Bryant." A man who stayed close to the things that mattered most to him, the late William J. Fox ’64, was a model for engaged alumni. He left a strong impression on his niece, Rebecca Hayes, who speaks today of her uncle’s long-lasting relationship with the school.
"He was very proud to be an alumnus and was actively involved," Hayes adds.
Fox’s dedication to Bryant became evident recently in the form of a six-figure estate gift. The gift furthers the ambitious goals of Expanding the World of Opportunity: The Campaign for Bryant’s Bold Future, and it will have a significant impact in advancing initiatives to ensure the best possible educational experience for students across the University.
This was only the latest manifestation of Fox’s special bond with Bryant. He made recurring contributions to the Bryant Fund over the course of three decades. He was also a presence at alumni gatherings of all kinds. Fox participated as a guest speaker at World Trade Day, Bryant’s annual event that welcomes public officials and business leaders in manufacturing, global supply chains, and emerging export markets. On this stage and others, Fox represented Bryant alumni and strengthened the University’s leading position as a resource for businesses operating in the global marketplace.
With his estate gift, Fox becomes a member of the 1863 Society. He joins a circle of distinguished alumni who combine a lifetime of active commitment with a gift to Bryant in their estate plans.
A marketing major, Fox went on to establish a 25-year career with Union Wadding Company, where he rose to vice president for sales and marketing. Throughout his professional life, Bryant always stayed close to Fox’s heart.
"He loved his alma mater," Hayes says. "My uncle always attributed his professional success to his education at Bryant."