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Former RPI goalie Bob Fox dies

By Ken Schott
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Bob Fox, who was the goalie for RPI's 1954 NCAA hockey championship team, passed away last Saturday, He was 79.

Fox, a native of Verdun, Quebec, posted an 18-5-0 record with a 3.14 goals-against average, an .892 save percentage and six shutouts.

In RPI's 5-4 overtime win over Minnesota in the NCAA title game, Fox made 36 saves. He was named to the NCAA tournament team.

When RPI honored the team 10 years ago on the 50th anniversary of winning the school's first NCAA title, Fox was one of the team members I interviewed.

"Every time I watch an NCAA final event, whether it's basketball or hockey, I think of [winning the title] all the time," Fox said.

Fox was inducted into the RPI Athletics Hall of Fame in 1978.

He graduated in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. He earned a Masters degree from University of Colorado in 1957, and a PhD from Stanford University in 1961. Fox went on to be professor in Purdue University’s School of Mechanical Engineering.

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