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Oliver John Foster Jr.

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Oliver John Foster, Jr. 1921-2008 BENNINGTON Oliver John Foster, Jr., 86, a resident of North Street, died peacefully Sat. Sep. 6, at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington. Oliver was born in West Springfield, Mass. on Dec. 2, 1921 son of Oliver John, Sr. and Mary (Gray) Foster, and attended local schools. Oliver studied architecture at Cornell University and practiced in Sweden before returning to the US to pursue his career in West Hartford, Conn. where he was a partner in the firm of Moore and Salsbury, Architects. The balance of his career was spent in private practice in Maine and Prince Edward Island, Canada. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects. Oliver was a veteran of WWII, having served in the Army Air Force. He was a P-47 Pilot and a Captain in the 311th Fighter Squadron of the 58th Fighter Group in the South Pacific theatre of WWII. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, as well as having been awarded the Air Medal, and 3 Oak Leaf Clusters. Upon his return stateside, he received a promotion to Major. Oliver enjoyed spending time outdoors, gardening, was an avid reader, and cherished times spent with his family. Oliver is leaves his son Christian Foster, wife Nan and grandson Daniel Foster of San Francisco, Calif., his brother William Foster of Hampden, Mass. and his former wife Dorothea Foster of Montpelier. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Oliver will be held at a later date at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center, Vermont. If friends desire, memorial gifts in Oliver's memory may be made to the Vermont Veterans Home Activity Fund, c/o Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home P.O. Box 957 Bennington, Vermont 05201. The family has entrusted arrangements to the care of HANSON-WALBRIDGE FUNERAL HOME 213 West Main Street Bennington, Vermont.
Published in Bennington Banner from Sept. 9 to Sept. 11, 2008
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