Irving Kingsbury Fox

Irving Kingsbury Fox, professor, resource planner, conservationist (born at Bolton, Michigan 7 December 1916; died at Smithers, BC 20 July 2006). After obtaining a University of Michigan Master of Arts, Fox served with the US government and in 1955 joined Resources for the Future Inc, as vice-president, devoting himself to water resources. A period (1966-71) as director of the Water Resources Center at University of Wisconsin preceded his joining the University of British Columbia in 1971 as director of Westwater Research and professor of community and regional planning. There, through teaching, research and public activity, he pioneered river basin studies in Canada, integrating social and environmental considerations. He retired in 1982. In his many publications, which include a monograph on the Yukon and the organization of studies related to the Fraser River estuary, Fox made a remarkable impact upon resource use in Canada.