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Walter H. Fox (1882-1919) was born in West Union, Iowa. He lived and studied there until 1901 when he entered medical school at the State University of Iowa in Iowa City. After graduating in 1905, he became a lecturer and later an assistant professor in anatomy at SUI. Dr. Fox married Bess Peebles (1882-1970) on June 12, 1907 in their hometown of West Union. The following year they moved to Waucoma, Iowa where he began a medical practice. It was there that their only child, Helen, was born in 1911. Dr. Fox enlisted in the Army in 1917 and was called to active duty in April 1918. During World War I he served in hospitals around Paris and Angiers, France. Following the Armistice, Captain Fox helped the Italian Red Cross combat a typhus epidemic in Serbia. On February 22, 1919 in Semendria, Serbia, Walter H. Fox died of septic pneumonia. Bess Peebles Fox received her B.A. from Upper Iowa University in 1904 and later did graduate work at the State University of Iowa. As a doctor's wife, Bess Fox was an active leader in community affairs. After moving to the Iowa City area, she chose to devote herself to gardening, reading, and friends. Mrs. Fox died suddenly on November 2, 1970. Helen Fox Angell graduated from Waucoma High School in 1928. Later that year, she and her mother moved to University Heights facilitating her attendance at the State University of Iowa. In 1932, after receiving a degree in Romance Languages, she became a high school French and English teacher. Helen joined the American Red Cross in 1943 and was trained as a hospital recreation worker. She was then stationed overseas in England and Belgium. After the war, she was assigned club work in the Panama Canal Zone. It was there, in 1947, that Helen Fox met and married Charles Angell, a career soldier. The Angells have lived in University Heights since 1954, when he retired on combat disability.

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Fox Family Papers

Identifier: msc0449

Dr. Walter Fox was a physician who served in France during WWI and later died in Serbia while working for the Italian Red Cross. Helen Fox Angell was a Red Cross worker during WWII and later in the Panama Canal Zone. Primarily photographs, correspondence, clippings, and memorabilia.

Dates: 1880-1966; Majority of material found in 1918-1947