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John Holmes Foster ’50

Published in July 7, 1999, issue

John Foster died Mar. 8, 1999, at Virginia Beach General Hospital. He was 72.

John prepared at Exeter, but prior to matriculating he spent two years in the Navy. At Princeton, he majored in psychology, was on the varsity soccer and track teams, and was president of Charter Club.

His business career began as a systems and procedures analyst at Smith, Kline and French Laboratories in Philadelphia. He soon transferred to the personnel department. In 1954 John went with Halle Brothers Co. for department store retailing in Cleveland. Finally settling in Virginia Beach in 1965, he continued his career in men's clothing with Miller and Rhoads as Tidewater area manager, as president of J.L. Coker & Co. of Hartsville, S.C., and, after retirement, in sales at Joseph A. Banks, Clothiers, of Virginia Beach.

Early in his career John served on Princeton's Schools and Scholarships Committee. He was also a member of the board of directors of the Norfolk Retail Merchants Assn., a member of the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, and president of the Pembroke Mall Retail Merchants Assn.

Survivors include his wife, Stephanie; sons John Jr., Christopher, and Timothy; and daughters Bettina Singletary and Halle DiNocenzo. The class offers them all its deepest sympathies.

The Class of 1950

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