Fax graduated from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va. At Princeton he majored in biology and belonged to Dial. After completing his degree at the University of Virginia Medical School and interning in Cincinnati, he served two years as a Navy lieutenant with the Marines at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Leaving the service, he completed his residency in general surgery at the Medical College of Virginia. He then practiced surgery in Richmond for 21 years, where he also treasured his experiences teaching nursing students.
After retiring in 1985, he founded Drink A Poem, an enterprise specializing in custom poetry and creative glassware design. He also fulfilled his passion for writing, creating poems and song lyrics. In 1994 he published a collection of his poems, Where The Wind Takes Me, the title from his poem that appeared in The Wall Street Journal years before. He enjoyed tennis and sailing, and treasured his family roots.
Fax is survived by his wife of 66 years, Carroll; children Meredith, Christopher ’84, and Carroll; and two grandsons. His eldest child, Carmelita; and his brother Ned ’53 *67 predeceased him.