Robert Watson "Tiny" Foster
1926 - 2015
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Robert Watson "Tiny" Foster COLUMBIA, SC - A memorial service for Robert Watson "Tiny" Foster will be held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral with a reception immediately thereafter, at Bob's home on Lake Katherine (1509 Milford Road). Visitation with the family will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2015, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. Bob was born in Charleston, South Carolina, on September 24, 1926, to Thomas Russell and Pamela Watson Foster. He was reared in Charleston and graduated from the High School of Charleston in 1944. Bob was appointed to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1945, and he went to sea at the end of World War II as Cadet Midshipman and graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1948. Bob received his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1950, where he served as Associate Editor-in-Chief for the USC Law Review. He added to his academic luster a Master of Law degree from Duke University in 1951, and was a Ford Foundation Fellow at Yale University School of Law from 1959 to 1960. Bob served America with distinction as an Officer in the United States Navy during the Korean War and continued serving as a legal Officer in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps until his retirement in 1986, at the rank of Captain. Bob began his legal career as a Professor of Law at the University of Louisville from 1951 to 1962. He then returned to South Carolina to serve as a Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina from 1962, until his retirement in 1991. While at USC Law School, he served as the Dean of the Law School from 1970 to 1976. In addition, he was American College of Trial Lawyers Emeritus Professor, Strom Thurmond Chair Professor, and was awarded the title Dean Emeritus and Distinguished Professor Emeritus by the Board of Trustees concurrent with his retirement in 1991. In 1976 to 1977, Bob was a visiting Professor at Oxford University and Distinguishing Visiting Chair Professor of Law, New York Law School, 1977 to 1978. He received the Order of the Palmetto from Governor Carroll A. Campbell in 1991. Bob had numerous scholarly publications throughout his Law School career in the areas of Uniform Commercial Code, Bankruptcy, Commercial Transactions, Uniform Consumer Credit Code and Arbitration. He was awarded the Distinguished Whitney North Seymour Sr. Award from the American Arbitration Association in 1979, in recognition of his national contributions to the responsible use of arbitration as a means of dispute resolution. Bob has served as the "Official Reporter," South Carolina Legislative Committee and Judicial Council on the Uniform Commercial Code enacted in South Carolina 1964 to 1966, with explanatory comments published in the South Carolina Code of Laws. He also served as the Reporter for the Uniform Consumer Credit Code, South Carolina Judicial Council, 1969 to 1971. Later, Bob was admitted to practice law in South Carolina Federal Courts - United States Court of Appeals-4th circuit, United States Supreme Court and United States Court of Military Appeals. His mother, Pamela Watson; his father, Thomas Russell; his wife of 51 years, Marjorie O'Neil; his daughter, Pamela Mitchell; and only brother, Thomas Russell, Jr. predeceased Tiny. He is survived by daughters, Libby Paul, Briggs Whiteford, and Mary Sadler; sons, Robbie Foster and Pat Foster; and nine grandchildren, Alden and Anna Paul, Ellie and Blair Whiteford, Burgess and Marjorie Anne Foster, Callie, Gene and Joe Sadler. Bob Foster led his life inspired by his high school motto: "We come to learn, we leave to serve." Education and service to others dominated most of his adult life. He encouraged his children and grandchildren to be lifelong learners and avid travelers. Each grandchild received a gift of world travel from "Pah-Pah" on their 10th birthday. Bob is remembered as an active member of multiple Senior Groups at his blessed Trinity Cathedral community. He was also very active in the Trinity Episcopal Camp, Camp Kanuga. Bob spent many summers as a youth at Camp Kanuga in Hendersonville, NC, and considered it a sacred place. He supported Kanuga in many ways, sponsoring countless young children to "Camp Bob" during the summer months. He created an educational garden at Kanuga for all to learn the wonders of the natural world. He continued his environmental passion as an advocate for Coastal Conservation League and strongly supported the Nature Conservancy of South Carolina. Bob was a dedicated member of The Columbia Drama Club, an organization dedicated to the promotion of theater in Columbia. He supported the Drama Club for many decades as a past president and hosted many readings at his home. Bob was also an enthusiastic member of the Columbia Kosmos Club for over four decades. Kosmos is an organization with 36 members, split evenly between members of the faculty at USC ("gown") and distinguished citizens of Columbia ("town"). Its purpose was to instruct and entertain its members through "convivial discourse" concerning current and historical scholarly topics. Memorials may be made to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 1100 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201; or USC School of Law, 1600 Hampton Street, Suite 736, Columbia, SC 29208. Please sign the online guestbook at Visit our guestbook at charleston

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Published in Charleston Post & Courier from May 17 to May 18, 2015.
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May 29, 2015
Mary, what a privilege to learn about your father. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Marjorie Mitchell
May 25, 2015
It is with much sadness that I learn of your loss. I treasure the wonderful memories spent with your family. Please know that many caring thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. /S/ Alice Hamburger Sloan Bond (Mrs. Frank K. Sloan)
Alice Sloan Bond
May 24, 2015
Your compassion for all was seen through your generous and loving heart! You will be sorely missed as our neighbor and friend! God's blessing to your family!! We remember you this Memorial Day weekend and every day!! Thank you for your service to our country and community!
Libby Anne and Jeff Inabinet
May 22, 2015
My deepest sympathy
trippett boineau
May 22, 2015
Marge and Bob were part of our earliest years at USC, and we treasure the memories. Our deepest sympathy to their extended family. We will miss him, also.
Podie and Hal Brunton
May 20, 2015
Please accept my deepest and most sincere condolences on the loss of my dear and kind friend, Bob Foster. He was always so kind, thoughtful and compassionate. Our remember fondly our years in law school and what a brilliant and joyful friend he was. I was so shocked to read of his passing away and want to express once again my deepest and most sincere condolences. Yours very sincerely, Irene Krugman Rudnick
Irene rudnick
May 20, 2015
Dean Robert Foster was a neat guy - a practicing Columbia business lawyer, probably in his mid 40's at the time (1969-70), always well dressed, a good speaker, and he had a great sense of humor. I believe he wrote the comments on South Carolina's newly adopted version of the Uniform Commercial Code. I think he replaced Figg as Dean of the Law School soon after my first year.

I remember in first year Contracts class he asked the class a question. In my typical reaction, I looked around at my fellow 200 first-year classmates, hoping somebody would answer up. "What are you looking around for, Mr. McCants?" he stated, so then I had to: (1) try to recall what his question had been; and (2) come up with an answer. I think I was able to remember the question enough to worm out an answer that sufficed.

After that, I learned to just look stupid and hope I wouldn't get called on.

Dean Foster was one of the best, most interesting professors I had in seven years of college and law school.
William McCants
May 20, 2015
I am deeply saddened to lean of the passing of not only a fine gentlemen, the epitome of the Charleston gentleman, but also a distinguished lawyer and scholar who set the highest standards of professionalism and decency. It was an honor to be a student at the USC Law School in the early 1970s when "Tiny" was the dean, as he was an excellent leader and mentor who took a personal interest in all of his students. His door was always open and no problem was ever too small to be worthy of his assistance. I sincerely hope that those who knew him will aspire to his high principals, as such fine people as Dean Foster are rare and we all are better for having known him. With deepest sympathies, Tom
Thomas P. Stoney, II
May 20, 2015
I am so sorry that I just learned of this yesterday. My condolences to Briggs and the rest of his children, with whom we spent so many happy hours as children.

Elizabeth Murray, daughter of William E. Murray
May 20, 2015
It's been 47 years since I was a student in then-Professor Foster's freshman contracts class. For decades, whenever I've thought of my years in law school, Dean Foster has been the one and only teacher whose classes, name and face I've remembered fondly and with such great respect. For all that he accomplished, the new law school should be named and dedicated in his honor. Please accept my most sincere condolence for your loss. Jeff Williams
May 19, 2015
My sympathy goes out to all of the family. I had the distinct pleasure of getting to know Dean Foster as he allowed me in my role as president of the Student Bar Association in 1975 to assist him in the planning of the very first separate graduation held by the USC Law School. The Dean always had a smile and a kind word for the students. He was a real gentleman.
Wesley Stoddard
May 19, 2015
To The Family of Bob Foster,
There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every thing under the heavens. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to uproot the plant. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance. A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-11
Bob was a kind, generous, honorable man who contributed so much to the law students during the 25 years of my work with them. His main concern was that they studied hard enough to pass the SC Bar Exam. He was so generous in sponsoring coffees, lunches, and snacks during their two week exam periods. He sponsored the reception at the swearing-in of the new lawyers to the SC Bar. He was such an important part of the student's law school program. Thanks Bob Foster for all the great memories you added to the law student's education!
JoAnne Heiting
May 19, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We will miss our wonderful neighbor and friend.

Jess and Myra Torres
May 19, 2015
My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your Dad was truly one-of-a-kind...a delightful, charming man who always had a good story to share. His presence will be greatly missed.
Libby Stephens
May 19, 2015
Uncle Tiny with grand nephews - March 2014
To the Foster family,
We are so sorry to hear of Uncle Bob's passing. He was such a kind, intelligent, and dedicated man. What a life to celebrate! I am particularly grateful that he reached out to our family in his later years - and across the globe! Wishing you peace and cherished memories of a life well lived. Sending love and prayers to all of you, from cousin Jeanne and family
Jeanne Kuyper
May 19, 2015
The Blencowe family would like for you to know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Richard Blencowe
May 19, 2015
Many memories of the fun family times from when I was a little girl, still exist to this day. Memories of you meeting my own daughter and relating stories to her about your good friend, Frank, the grandfather she never met. Always a gentlemen, always sharing your kindness, always a friend. . Yet, most of all, it is your wonderful smile and laughter that will always be embedded in my memory. Much missed, always loved. Your niece , Cheryl
Cheryl O'Neil
May 18, 2015
Libby, Marjorie, Robbie, Mary, and Pat - I was blessed to meet your father and the rest of the Foster family when I was a freshman at USC and so fortunate to keep our friendship through the years. I remember Libby taking me home for weekend dinners, washing clothes, and sitting on the dock chatting with Mr. Foster. He would always tell us great stories and share words of wisdom. He was a kind, generous, and honorable man and loved all of you very much. Now he is one of God's angels looking over all of you.
Laura Snell
May 18, 2015
Dear Robbie, Libby,Mary,Briggs,& Pat --Our heartfelt sympathies & prayers are with you & your families at this difficult time Your dad will be greatly missed but never forgotten .
Patti & Arthur Pedro & family
May 18, 2015
Dear Foster family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
Take care, Tad Abrams
Thomas Abrams
May 18, 2015
I met Bob in 1986 as I assumed the position of director of the SC Supreme Court Commission on CLE and Specialization. Over the years of our relationship, I came to know Bob well and considered him to be one of God's finest men. He was honest, fair, and treated others with kindness. I observed many situations in which he helped others when he not only had no obligation to do so, but helped although it cost him financially. I
thank God I was privileged to know this fine man. My sincerest sympathy to his children and grandchildren.
Harold Miller
May 18, 2015
My sincere condolences to the family at this most difficult time in your lives. May God provide you with strength needed to endure the days ahead.
May 18, 2015
Dear Robbie,Patrick and Lib, it saddened me to learn of your father's death. your dad and mine had a great friendship. i think they were in the Kosmos Club together. your father was a very good professor and mighty good to me in law school when i was a student. i wish for you and your entire family God's peace ,his love and his blessings during these difficult times. sincerely robert hemphill
robert hemphill
May 18, 2015
Comfort to your thoughts and heart in time,
"Do not worry over anything, but in everything let the things you have to ask for be made known to God by prayer and petition with thanksgiving."
May 18, 2015
I am sorry to hear of the loss in your family. Please find comfort during this difficult time by going to God's Word and reading Ps.146:3,4.
May 18, 2015
Family and Friends of Bob Foster
Bob dedicated his live to helping others help make the world a better place
It seems fitting as final tribute to say: You go now my friend. illuminate the way for I too share follow.
Dr R W Pete Denton
May 18, 2015
My condolences to the Foster family. May the God of all comfort, comfort you during this most difficult time.
May 18, 2015
a cool guy with lots of thumb tacks on his map of the world.
David Sims
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