William H. Foster

Born: Mon., Jun. 20, 1932
Died: Thu., Mar. 19, 2009

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William H. Foster, 76, of Woolrich, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday March 19 - a few hours shy of the one year anniversary of the passing of his wife Marbeth Stitzer Foster. Bill was born on June 20, 1932 in Mahanoy City to the late Russell and Catherine Foster. After graduating from Mahanoy City High School in 1950, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from Kutztown State College in 1954 and an MFA from Columbia University in 1955. From 1955-57, he served in the US Army as a member of the TDY72FA Band in Germany before returning to teach art at Governor Mifflin Junior High School in Shillington PA. He married Marbeth on March 21, 1959. In 1960 he accepted a position in the art department at Lock Haven State College.From 1952 and throughout his career at Lock Haven, Bill's work was featured in numerous juried and invitational exhibitions, as well as one-man shows. His signature pieces, called "Transformations" were colorful abstract three-dimensional works that transform themselves as the viewer changes position and the interplay of light is varied. As a body of work they illustrate everything he knew and so generously taught about color and form. The genius of his art revealed itself playfully to viewers willing to invest themselves beyond the initial, and deceptive, simplicity of the work.Bill will be remembered as a continual inspiration to his many students who pursued careers both in and out of the art field. Although he excelled in his own art, he would be the first to say that teaching was his passion. As one of the more challenging and engaging professors on campus during his tenure, he and Marbeth were also well-known for opening their hearts and home to students. Bill's interest and enthusiasm for his subject and his students continued over his 35 year career at Lock Haven. He retired in December of 1996.He is survived by his beloved cat Rex; brother, Robert of Camp Hill, PA ; his children, Rebecca of Pinckney MI, Christopher of Los Angeles CA, and Ken of New Orleans LA; son-in-law Bob Weisenberger and grandsons Vonn and Ryne; granddogs Boo, Sula, Zephyr, Brando and Rocky; and grandcats Oscar, Jet and Doodle.A celebration of Bill's life will be scheduled by the family at a later date. Contributions in his memory can be made to the Clinton County CleanScapes, Garden Building 3rd Floor, Lock Haven PA 17745; Susquehanna Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd, Williamsport PA 17701; or Clinton County Democratic Committee, Attn: Dave Wallace, 408 Jarrett Ave, Lock Haven PA 17745.Arrangements are being completed by the Yost-Gedon Funeral Home 121 W. Main St. Lock Haven, PA.. Online condolences can be made to www.yost-gedonfuneralhome.com

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Larry Steele

I'm very sorry for your loss.

Alison

This is the first time I have ever sent an internet condolence and I have no clue what protocals Emily Post would offer should she still be here.... So I bumble on to say this is a great picture of Bill -- he is smiling ofcourse and clearly THINKING! Loving of family/friendly to all/contemplative/creative artist.... that's how I remember Bill......Sympathies to all his family

Carole Kidder

Dear Becky, Chris, and Ken, My deep sympathy in the recent loss of your dad, Bill. It is rough to lose both mom and dad in less than a year. They were a happy pair and friendly and loved members of the community and the Lock Haven University family. As personal friends, I appreciated both of them. You will miss them, I know, but remember their love and laughter. All the best to all of you. Love, Carole Kidder

Beverly A. Hunter

Dear Becky, Chris, and Ken, I was your babysitter for many years. I have such fond memories of you three kids as well as both your parents. Becky, you were the flower girl in my wedding. You are a special family. I am so sorry to learn of the death of your dad. Now you will have to lean on each other as well as the Lord. Blessings to you all, Beverly Hastings Hunter

Ray Allen

I sned kindest regards to Bill's family and very many friends. Like so many, I have fond memories of Intro to Art at LHU. Bill had a special enthusiasm for what he was doing that we will never forget.



Rich Clements
   Posted Thu October 24, 2013
I was an art student of Mr. Foster's from approximately 1991-1993 at Lock Haven University and am happy and honored to say that this man taught me how to paint. It saddens me to hear of his passing today. I can still hear his infectious laugh and refer to my own male friends sometimes as "lad." (Those who knew him well will know what I am talking about.) I owe Mr. Foster a great debt as my art teacher. You see, his inspiration motivated me to improve my work with each piece and his techniques have taken me to where I am today. Although I am not quite a full-time artist, the tools he instilled in me gave me an opportunity to have my own art shows and do commission work for a variety of clients and institutions. Every time I slap paint on that canvas, I think of Mr. Foster, his approach to his students and to the world of fine art. The sweet smell of his pipe and that laugh seemed to permeate throughout the entire art department and put everyone at ease.

Mr. Foster, thank you. You have given me more than you will ever know. I hope they allowed you to take that pipe up to Heaven with you.

God Bless,
-Rich Clements LHU Class of '93


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