Kenneth J. Fox, 59, a retired aircraft pilot and captain in the Navy Reserve, died of cancer June 13 at the Genesis Eldercare Spa Creek Center in Annapolis.

Mr. Fox, a 16-year resident of Annapolis, was born in Evanston, Ill. He attended Rollins College and in 1961 joined the Navy, where he flew fighter aircraft from carriers.

In 1967 he left active duty in the Navy and became a pilot for Pan American Airlines, continuing in this capacity until 1986. In this period, he also flew aircraft in the Navy Reserve. He was a production test pilot for Vaught Corp. in Dallas and helped train pilots in the Philippine Air Force. He was special assistant for Naval Reserve to the chief of Naval Materials in Washington.

From 1986 until retiring for medical reasons in 1988, he was a United Airlines captain. He received a bachelor's degree in professional aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 1991.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Annapolis, the Annapolis Yacht Club, the Sailing Club of the Chesapeake, the Society of Air Safety Investigators, the Airline Pilots Association and the Association of Naval Aviators.

Survivors include his wife, whom he married in 1968, Sidsel Engebretsen Fox of Annapolis; a son, Jason "Rick" Fox of Annapolis; two sisters, Bonny Fox of Pittsburgh and Glory Fox Durker of McLean; and two brothers, Tom Fox of Truetown, Ohio, and William Fox of Crossville, Tenn.