James R. Foster
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James R. Foster, 91. Loving husband for 69 years of Lynn nee Block, whom he married in 1953 when he was 23 and Lynn was 17. Dear father of Kim (Tony Petracca) Foster, Craig (Terri) Foster and Kyle (Leo) Weinstein. Proud grandfather of Alex, Jack, Asher, Aaron, and Astrid. Fond brother of Gail (Roy) Gordon. The family wishes to thank Edgar for his many years of devoted care. Mr. Foster received his BA from Trinity College in Hartford, CT in 1952 and received his JD from Yale Law School in 1955. He was a trial Attorney at the US Court of Military Appeals, US Department of Justice, from 1955 to1958. He served as an officer and director of L.B. Foster Company, a Fortune 500 family steel business, from 1958 until it was sold in 1974. He continued to serve on the Board of Directors of Foster Investment Company and Foster Holdings Inc. Jim was also the founder and CEO of Travel Professionals Inc., He served as President of Temple Jeremiah for three consecutive terms. Jim was a lifelong member of Northmoor County Club. He served on the Board of Directors and was a Life Trustee at Highland Park Hospital, A Life Trustee at Evanston Northwestern Hospital, Vice President of the American Jewish Committee, Midwest Chairman of American Associates of Ben Gurion University. He loved to travel, collect art, photography and most of all, he was passionate about his family and friends. He loved long lunches and even longer dinners. He will be greatly missed. Graveside service Sunday 11AM at Zion Gardens Cemetery, 3600 North Narragansett Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60634. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Temple Jeremiah, 937 North Happ Road, Northfield, Illinois 60093, www.templejeremiah.org, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois 60022, www.chicagobotanic.org or The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60603, www.artic.edu. To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822, www.cjfinfo.com


Published by Chicago Tribune from Jan. 14 to Jan. 16, 2022.
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We wish to offer heartfelt condolences to the Foster family. Our folks were long time friends with Jim and Lynn. Lisa and I have known Jim, Lynn and Craig since we were kids. Jim was so accomplished yet so approachable. He was a great guy with a great family. Again, condolences.
Paul and Lisa Blumberg
Family
January 18, 2022
Lynn, it seems just like yesterday that we were guests at your lovely home, and now here we are. The Foster Family and Northmoor have been an important shared part of my life, ever since Gail and I won the Waltz Contest at Miss Keeney's dancing school. A decade ago Jim and I were golf buddies, playing every week with Herbie Loeb, Jim Loewenberg, and Jules Knapp. Now I am the olny one left.
/Ralph Wanger
Friend
January 16, 2022
Diana Blaha, Family Office
January 16, 2022
Our hearts go out to Jim Foster´s family. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories you share.
Annie Petracca O´Reilly
Friend
January 16, 2022
Lynne - we are so sorry to hear this news - our deepest sympathies to you, Kim, Craig, Kyle and their families- we're thinking of all of you at this very difficult time and remembering Jim - may his memory be for a blessing
Margy Kaye & Bill Padnos
Friend
January 16, 2022
We were saddened to learn of Jim's passing and our loss of a dear friend, former neighbor and law school classmate from long ago. We send our heartfelt condolences to Lynn and the family. Howard and Barbara Ga;per
Howard and Barbara Galper
January 15, 2022
Thinking of the family during this difficult time.
Barney
January 15, 2022
The few times I met Jim, I viewed him as a man of great knowledge. He was very kind and caring toward our family. Loving condolences to Lynn and family.
Regina Petracca
Friend
January 14, 2022
Jimmy's picture in the Tribune is exactly how I have thought of him for the 50 plus years I've known him: smiling, open, welcoming. Only good memories . . .
Carolyn Rusnak
Friend
January 14, 2022
Dear Lynne, My condolences on Jim's passing. He was an engaging, informed person and interested in all manner of things. He was a great lunch companion and conversationalist. I always felt I learned something after talking with him. He will be missed by all who had the good fortune to have interacted with him. My best wishes to you and the family. Warm regards, Joel
Joel Fenchel
January 14, 2022
Jim was a wonderful neighbor who we will surely miss. May his name always bring a smile to your face and a hug to your heart.
Hilary and Allan Greenberg
Friend
January 14, 2022
My sympathies to Lynn. Jim was an engaging and fascinating person with a broad range of interests making him an awesome lunch companion. He was an informed conversationalist, charming to be with. I always learned something talking with him. He will be missed. Warm best wishes to Lynn and the entire family. Best, Joel Fenchel
Joel Fenchel
January 13, 2022
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