Fox Society Members Take Their Seats at the Head of the Class
April 4, 2013
It has been years since members of the F. Y. and Anna Fox Society sat in a classroom. But young at heart and believers in the work of LDS Business College (LDSBC), about a dozen members of the society gathered to attend classes and then meet with President J. Lawrence Richards for a luncheon on March 22.
Some society members attended a health science class while others visited an English literature class or an economics class. They participated in student presentations and small-group discussions, reviewed handouts, and made observations.
In one class the instructor sought advice for a happy marriage after learning that Grant and Clarice Woolley had been married for 66 years.
During the luncheon the student hosts who accompanied the society members shared their experiences and ambitions, each noting how they felt a heavenly hand had guided them to the school.
In his comments President Richards noted that most any student walking in the hallways of LDSBC could share a similar experience of how the school was an answer to his and her particular needs.
President Richards also noted that LDS Business College is not centered on churning out degrees but rather on helping students identify their talents and personality while preparing them with skills for the marketplace.
The reward comes when students learn how to learn, he said. They are different people after that. Confidence replaces shyness.
The Fox Society is made of members who have donated from their estates or other deferred gifts to the college. The society is named in honor of F. Y. Fox, a former president of the college, and his wife, Anna. Together they contributed great effort and sacrifice while facing the challenges of the Great Depression.
If students are to fly on their own, at some point they have to close the books and get their hands on the controls, believes an instructor at LDS Business College. In the case of students in the principles of marketing class, that meant sitting in staff meetings with the boss and looking under the hood with a mechanic at Ken Garff Honda in Salt Lake City.