Dr. Alvin Garfield Foster

Dr. Alvin Garfield Foster

AGE: 79 • Shrewsbury

Dr. Alvin Garfield Foster was born April 7, 1934 in Bethlehem, MD. He graduated with a B.S. and Magna Cum Laude honors from Univ. of MD Eastern Shore on a 4-H scholarship. He received a full scholarship and graduated from Tuskegee University Veterinary School with a DVM. After finishing veterinary school, he served 2 years in the U.S. Air Force as a veterinarian for service animals. He was awarded a scholarship and graduated from Washington State University with a Ph.D in veterinary microbiology.

Dr. Foster accepted a position in the Animal Science division of Merck and Company, Inc. in Rahway, and worked there for 25 yrs. He relocated his family to Tinton Falls and lived there for 43 years. While at Merck, he became the Director of Animal Science Research, and founded the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Summer Program which has grown into the Merck-UNCF Scholars program. Dr. Foster participated in the Boy Scouts of America, was a Board Member of the Tinton Falls Schools Board of Education, a member of the Monmouth County Men's Club, and of the Zeta Epsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. for 60 years. After his retirement, he participated in the Monmouth County Big Brothers/Big Sisters program and was a charter member of the Monmouth County First Tee organization. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Red Bank for over 40 years and served on the Outreach and various other church committees.

Dr. Foster passed away on Saturday, June 22, 2013. Dr. Foster is survived by Gertrude, his wife of 55 years (Shrewsbury); his three children, Alvin G. Foster Jr. (Mountainview, CA), Kerwin C. Foster (Richmond, VA), and Kelsie N. Foster (Tinton Falls); two sisters, Dorothy Townsend (Preston, MD), Alice Myers (Brandywine, MD) and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and loved ones.

Published in Asbury Park Press on June 29, 2013