Brother Thomas W. Fox, Gamma Psi (George Peabody) ’71, was found dead in Iraq on March 9, 2006. He and three others were kidnapped on November 26, 2005. As a member of the Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT) in Iraq, Fox worked on three major projects: helping families of incarcerated Iraqis, escorting shipments of medicine to clinics and hospitals in Fallujah, and helping to form Islamic Peacemaker Teams.
Brother Fox was a practicing Quaker for 22 years. He was a dedicated father of two children. He was an accomplished musician who played the bass clarinet and the recorder, playing for a period in the U.S. Marine Band in Washington, D.C. Fox devoted much of his time to working with children. He served as an adult leader of youth programs and worked at a Quaker camp for youth.
For the past two years, he worked with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) in Palestine and Iraq. CPT embraces the vision of unarmed intervention waged by committed peacemakers. More information about CPT, as well as links to Tom’s personal blog, can be found at www.cpt.org.
In a statement on the group’s website, CPT Co-Directors Doug Pritchard and Kryss Chupp said, “In response to Tom’s passing, we ask that everyone set aside inclinations to vilify or demonize others, no matter what they have done. In Tom’s own words: ‘We reject violence to punish anyone. We ask that there be no retaliation on relatives or property. We forgive those who consider us their enemies. We hope that in loving both friends and enemies and by intervening nonviolently to aid those who are systematically oppressed, we can contribute in some small way to transforming this volatile situation.'”
More information about the tragic passing of Brother Fox can be found at http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/03/10/fox.killed/index.html.