Fund at Berea College Memorializes Martha Fox


Martha Fox on the telephone at work

Portrait of Martha Fox

Martha Fox

The late Martha Fox, a native of Beaver Dam, Kentucky, is being memorialized in a new fund at Berea College. Established by her son, R. Steven Fox, the Martha Fox Memorial Psychiatric Nursing Lecture Fund at Berea College will support four on-campus, continuing education presentations on topics of mental health for students and faculty as well as regional health practitioners and the public. The fund will cover lecture-related expenses such as travel, honorariums, educational supplies, food and printed materials. It will be managed by the College’s Nursing Department. Berea’s nursing program is the oldest college-affiliated program west of the Allegheny Mountains.

Fox practiced psychiatric nursing for more than 40 years in Indiana and Kentucky. During her tenure as director of Western State Hospital, a psychiatric facility in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Fox administered the racial integration of its campus housing. She also held nursing positions in Owensboro, LaPorte and Evansville, where she retired from the state hospital.

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College admits only academically promising students with limited financial resources, primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia, although students come from 40 states and 70 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally-recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly, earning money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.