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Charles Clarence Foster

d. March 21, 2012

Charles Clarence Foster

Charles Clarence Foster, who was born in Jacksonville, Florida on May 19, 1913 to Clarence Columbus Foster and Jeanne H. Elliot, passed away on March 21, 2012 at Allenmore Hospital in Tacoma, WA. He was preceded in death by his brother Max and his wife of 60 years, Buford Mecklin Foster. He leaves behind his son Chuck Foster and his wife, Dorothy, of University Place, WA, and his daughter, Jeanne Foster, and her husband, Alan Williamson, of Berkeley, CA.Charles Foster lived through the depression in Florida. He was an artist in the Civilian Conservation Corps in north Alabama. In the Works Progress Administration, he did paintings, photography and served as the director of exhibitions for the eleven art galleries and schools in Florida. Turning to commercial art, he taught in the Miami Technical High School and worked in an advertising agency. After moving to New Orleans in 1947, he served several advertising agencies as art director, creative director, and account executive for 33 years. At retirement, he had acquired his own agency. He moved to University Place, WA in the fall of 2005 after the hurricane Katrina heavily damaged his beloved New Orleans and made him very ill. He was considered by many to be a '''renaissance man''? because of the breadth of his interests, skills and accomplishments. Not only did he paint with oils and water colors, he did etchings. He performed early music. He built historical musical instruments such as harpsichords and violas da gamba. He wrote poetry and was heavily involved with the Friends of Music, which has presented chamber music performances in New Orleans for 57 years. He composed a piano Sonatina and a ballet for the United Nations. He is author and photographer of the book '''Conchtown USA ''' Bahamian Fisherfolk in Riviera Beach, Florida''?.He was a member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans for many years and served as its president more than once. Upon arrival in University Place, he became an active member of the Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Church.New Orleans Friends of Music5500 Prytania St., PMB#402New Orleans, LA 70115Phone: 504-895-0690E-mail: neworleansfom@aol.comTahoma Unitarian Universalist Church1115 South 56th StreetTacoma, WA 98408-3405253-474-4646E-mail: admin@tuuc-wa.orgFirst Unitarian Universalist Church of New OrleansPhysical Address: 5212 S. Claiborne Avenue, NO, LAMailing Address: 2903 Jefferson Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115504-866-9010E-mail: office@firstuuno.orgSmart Cremation, Redmond Washington

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