In Memoriam Lieutenant-General James Arthur Fox, CMM, SBStJ, CD, Dr. of ScMil
Upon completion of his studies in 1958, Lieutenant-General Fox served in the 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise’s) and was the commanding officer of Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) from 1971 to 1973 with the distinction of commanding his unit while deployed to Cyprus in 1972. After being the first Canadian to attend the US Army War College, he commanded the 4th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in West Germany in 1978. Senior military positions included Commander of Mobile Command (now Commander of the Army) from 1986 to 1989, where he conducted the major exercise Rendez-Vous 89 (RV 89) involving over 15,000 troops, and Assistant Deputy Minister of Personnel.
After retiring from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1991, he worked as the Executive Director of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. His involvement with the military continued, including holding honorary positions as Colonel of the Regiment of the Strathcona’s for almost 10 years and later as Colonel Commandant of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps. When his military career finally ended in 2005, it had spanned more than 52 years.