H. Jonathan Fox, retired Superior Court Judge in Mercer County, died August 27, 2010 while vacationing in Cape Cod, MA. He was 87 years old.
Judge Fox was born in the village of Gnoien, Germany on July 23, 1923. He and his family fled Nazi Germany in 1937, settling in Trenton, where he lived for the rest of his life. After graduating from Trenton High School, he joined the military serving in General MacArthur's headquarters in the Pacific from 1943 to 1946. During his service, he earned several honors including a sharpshooter's medal and was honorably discharged with the rank of staff sergeant. He attended Seton Hall University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He then attended Harvard Law School, where he won the prestigious Ames award for oral argument in his first year. After law school, he went into private practice, establishing the Trenton Law Firm, Scott and Fox. In 1978, he was appointed to the bench, and retired as a Superior Court Judge in 1996.
Jonathan Fox's childhood experience in Germany engendered a strong commitment to uphold the values of his adopted country. He was proud to be an American citizen and made it his life's work to ensure that people received the rights guaranteed by the constitution. In his private practice he represented clients based on the merits of their cases rather than the clients' ability to pay. As a judge, he reviewed the rights of patients in state mental institutions to ensure that the voices of the least empowered were heard. He was also concerned with the quality of life in Mercer County; and as counsel for the Parks Commission played a key role in developing the Mercer County Park system. Above all, he was honorable, civil and kind.
He is survived by his loving wife, Susan; his devoted sons, David and Alex; his stepchildren Daniel, Sarah, and Jonathan Leaf; and his grandchildren, Emma DiNapoli and Silvie Leaf.
A graveside service was held 3pm Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at the People of Truth Cemetery, Cedar Lane, Hamilton, NJ.