The Bob Foster Foundation continues to touch peoples’ lives in and around Milford, NH. The foundation, run by faculty members such as retired local teacher Kevin Ingram, is involved in a number of causes that continue to make a difference in the community.
Since the foundation last won Sanford Temperature Control’s Community Commitment contest two years ago, it has supported the Milford Middle School Basketball program, sent kids to a one-week camp called Nature’s Classroom, donated to the Paul Martinez Fund, helped defray the cost of skiing programs for students, supported charitable raffles, and much, much more.
The Foundation was started after the much loved and admired teacher, Bob Foster, passed away in 2012. Foster was an unusual man. At age 51, he started teaching Social Studies to 7th graders at Milford Middle School after two decades of service as an Eastern Airlines pilot. Not many people make a career change after twenty years, but Foster personified his mantra of “Don’t Quit” when he braved a new career and plunged into this challenging new role. It was a mantra he ingrained into his students over the next 19 years, setting a positive example in and out of school, year after year. In 2012 at age 70, Foster passed away from a heart attack while hiking Pack Monadnock Mountain in Temple, NH.
Foster’s legacy lives on through faculty, friends and students in the Milford school system, and he continues to touch peoples’ lives through the foundation. Graduating seniors from Milford High School can earn scholarships each spring, which are dependent upon an essay reminiscent of the lesson Foster imbued in his students: “Describe a time in your life when you demonstrated a “Don’t Quit” attitude, and what insight did you gain?”
Foster is remembered as an outdoorsman, golfer, kayaker, hiker and mountain climber. He was a history buff and loved the New England Patriots; he had been a season ticket holder for more than 40 years. Colleagues say he rarely spoke of his time in Vietnam, so it was a surprise to many when they realized the extent of his courage. Before his career as an airline pilot and later as a teacher, Foster was a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War, earning numerous medals such as the Gallantry Cross, Purple Heart, Air Medal with 24 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was honorably discharged in 1968 with the rank of Captain. The courage he displayed overseas was courage he brought home to his community, and it was passed on to his students in that famous “Don’t Quit” attitude.
Bob Foster might be gone, but he certainly hasn’t quit.
Please check out this wonderful charity today: http://www.bobfosterfoundation.org/