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MARSHALL, FOSTER II December 7, 1929 to October 29, 2012 Born in South Carolina, Foster graduated from medical school in 1956 and completed his surgical residency in 1961. He opened a pediatric surgery practice in 1972 and co-founded the Columbia Children's Hospital in 1983. He became Chief of Staff of the VA Medical Center in Columbia in 1993. He joined the Army Reserves in 1959 and in 1962, was selected as a recovery team surgeon for the Project Mercury Space Program. He volunteered to go to Vietnam with USAID as a surgeon in 1966. In 1982, he attained the rank of Brigadier General and was given command of 32 hospitals. He moved to San Diego in 1996 and worked as a Compensation and Pension physician at the VA until his death. He was a brilliant surgeon and researcher; loyal soldier and patriot; and beloved husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by wife Julie Jessop; children Helen, Foster, David, Caroline, Erik, and Kate; and grandchildren Jessica, Marshall, Claire, and Chloe. Those of us who were blessed enough to know him will remember his love of learning; his humor; his Southern manners; and his love of God, family, and country. He was the epitome of an officer and a gentleman.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Nov. 9, 2012
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