Joseph William Foxell, Jr.

Joseph W. Foxell, Jr. 74

Scholar, Art Collector, Devoted to Family

Joseph W. Foxell, Jr., 74, died on Monday, November 19, 2018, at Princeton Medical Center, Princeton, NJ. Born in Albany, NY, on May 25, 1944, to Joseph W. Foxell, Sr. and Florence Carey Foxell, he preceded his identical twin John by seven minutes. Joseph moved to Staten Island with his family in 1952, and attended Sacred Heart Catholic School. In 1962, he graduated from Augstinian Academy, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He earned a bachelors’ degree in English literature from Columbia University in 1966.

A true lover of learning, Joseph went on to acquire three masters’ degrees and, finally, a PhD from NYU’s Robert Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. His area of expertise was in combatting terrorism. He worked for the City of New York for 35 years, ultimately serving as Director of Information Protection for the City Department of Human Services from 1995 until his retirement in 2002.

Joseph married Elba Sadama in 1998. They moved to Princeton in 2000, where Joseph decorated their home with world-class art, ranging from Tibetan thangkas to Pacific Island power figures to larger-than-life statues of world leaders, including President Lyndon B. Johnson. The LBJ statue was an interesting choice for Joseph, who was a lifelong Republican.

Soft-spoken and kind, Joseph was a devoted son and brother, and a loving husband. His wife passed away in 2010, and his brother in 2016. He is survived by a cousin, Edmund O’Brien, of Troy, NY, and many friends who will remember him fondly. Friends who wish to be in touch are welcome to email     

A viewing will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Monday, November 26, 2018, at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 10:00 am, at St. Paul's Church 214 Nassau St. Princeton. Entombment will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Piscataway.