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Foulkes, Thomas S.

Keuka Park, NY: (b. 31 May 1930, d. 5 November 2012) died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. He was graduated from Cornell University in a 5-year engineering program with a BME in 1953. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953-55 as a Second Lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps and returned to Rochester and eventually earned an MBA at the University of Rochester. He had a 32-year career at Eastman Kodak in distribution management that took him and his family to California, Georgia, Connecticut, and back to Rochester. He retired from Kodak in 1988 and, in 1990, he began work in the office of alumni affairs at Cornell. After retiring from Cornell in 2000, he and his wife, Anne, settled in their retirement home on Keuka Lake.

In the later years of his life, he returned to his life-long love of music. This followed his early years as a student, of trumpet and piano, at Eastman Preparatory School of Music in Rochester. He played for friends and events in the region whenever asked.

He enjoyed his role as a brother, husband, father, and grandfather. His delight in and rapport with people extended beyond his family to friends from childhood, college, work, and retirement. In his final years, he tended a neglected vineyard with dedicated care and had his first harvest of grapes this year.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-four years, Anne, two sisters, three children, and six grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Penn Yan, NY, on December 2 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Cornell Plantations, 1 Plantations Road Ithaca, NY 14850, in his memory and that of Helen Dugan Foulkes. Family and friends may sign the guestbook at

Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on Nov. 6, 2012
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