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At 114, aging gracefully

In the fall of 1894, Howard Crosby Foster entered Princeton as a freshman and soon adorned his room with the 1898 pennant, shown above.

He kept it for about 30 years until, in the fall of 1928, his son David Scott Foster entered Princeton in the Class of ’32, and the pennant went with him. The pennant was kept wrapped and safe until Howard, the original owner, asked if he could borrow it back from Dave so that he could loan it to a local friend’s son he was planning to send through Princeton.

The next generation came along, and David Scott Foster Jr. became a member of the Class of 1958.

In the spring of 1957, Scott ’58 noticed a gentleman looking lost outside his ground-floor room in 1879 Hall. He discovered the man was looking for Scott Foster. The visitor explained that he had been meaning to return the pennant for years.

Scott in turn kept it for 40 years until learning of Julia Lee ’98, who was being helped by the Howard Crosby Foster Foundation. Because she was in the class 100 years after Howard, it was lent it to her for her senior year. Julia later was the co-winner of the Pyne Prize.

Scott’s nephew, Howard Crosby Foster III, recently married Kendal Moore ’96. Now the pennant has been passed on to her. It is 114 years old and has aged gracefully. Hopefully, it will be preserved and passed to others, maybe even to succeeding generations of Princetonians.

David Scott Foster Jr. ’58
Hilton Head Island, S.C.

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Scott Foster '58 Says:

2008-12-29 11:31:23

Thank you for including the story in PAW. The old traditions are important.
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