Dr. Alice M. Fox was a life-long learner and a staunch advocate for women’s education. Growing up in Chicago, Fox attended the all-girls high school Immaculata. After graduating she attended Clarke College studying science and then went on to earn a Ph.D. in Philosophy. She became a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) and taught at the all-women’s college, receiving numerous research grants from institutions such as the American Heart Association. In the early 1960s, Sr. Alice Marie led research teams of female science majors investigating the causes and treatment of heart disease. Alice left the BVM’s and returned home to Chicago where she continued to teach biology and received a nursing degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago so that she could care for her aging mother. Dr. Fox dedicated her life to learning and teaching science and in her free time, she truly enjoyed the performing arts and international travel.
After Immaculata closed, she searched for another Chicago area girls’ school to support. In addition to the renovation of the auditorium, a scholarship for a Trinity student who has scientific curiosity coupled with the tenacity and drive to pursue a future in the sciences was made possible due to the generosity of a $2 million bequest left to Trinity by Dr. Alice M. Fox.