|TONY FOX, pharmaceutical physician and amateur local historian. Currently
lives near San Diego, but usually in the Cranham and Upminster area at least once a
year. Born 1956 in Cranham. Attended the nursery school at Boyd Hall, and then
Oglethorpe Primary School (1961-7), where significant teachers were Mr.Webster and
Miss Jones; under tutelage of the latter, at age 8, his interest in local history is first
documented in writing, albeit restricted to copying some material found in the History of
Upminster booklets, adorned with a crude map locating many of the old buildings. Still
possesses the booklet on the history of the London Borough of Havering distributed in 1965
when Oglethorpe School ceased to be an Essex institution (Cranham got just
four lines and that offended him !).
Then Hornchurch Grammar School (1967-73) converting to The Wych Elm School during
1973-4; significant teachers: Headmaster Mr.Fowler, Messrs. Bayliss, Hunt,
Hopkinson, Walker, and Mrs.Ashton (who taught him how he did not want to approach the
study of history ! ). Next, trained at London Hospital Medical College (in sunny
Whitechapel) 1974-80; he also began trawling the Essex Record Office during this
era. Houseman at The London (now The Royal London), and Harold Wood Hospitals,
returning to the latter 1982-3 as a Casualty Officer. Two years at Emory University,
Atlanta (1981-2 courtesy of Rotary International and 1983-4) enabled investigation of
General Oglethorpe's colony, inspections of Fort Frederica, Savannah, etc. Found out
where Port Royal was, having been in that house at Oglethorpe School !
Then three years at Harvard Medical School, Boston (1984-7). Since then, various
positions applying his training in medicine and pharmacology to the development,
regulation and investigation
of drugs in human beings. Professional interests in opioids, migraine, receptor
systems and patents relating to drugs.
Jeff Kelsey, a lifelong friend, has been able to create (and himself add to) a website
based on Tony's collection of materials on the history of Cranham. Tony is always
interested in learning more about Cranham history, and hopes that a paper version of this
project can be published not too far in the future. Tony is also branching out a bit
now to include Upminster and Essex history, in a
limited way, with some comparative Tithe Map research and landscape studies.
Tony married Carola Schropp, of Neckarsulm, Baden-Wurttemburg in 1988;
they have no children.