Robert Matthews Foster ’34

Robert Matthews Foster ’34 died on May 25, 2006, in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Born on September 6, 1912, in Melrose, MA, he prepared for college at Melrose High School and became a member of Theta Delta Chi Fraternity at Bowdoin. For many years he was associated with the Arlington Trust Company in Lawrence, serving on the board of directors of the bank’s holding company and as executive vice president.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps with the 112th Signal Radio Intelligence Company and attained the rank of captain.

During his career in banking he also studied at Boston University and Rutgers University in New Jersey. Before his retirement in 1981, he was a director of the bank’s holding company and in semi-retirement he was an investment advisor to the bank’s trust department.

In retirement, he lived in Amherst, MA, and spent winter months in Florida.

Surviving are his wife, Jean Anwyl Davis Foster, whom he married in 1950; two sons, Richard W. Foster of Gaithersburg, MD, and Stephen M. Foster of Washington, DC; two daughters, Jo-Anwyl F. Keefe and Laurellen Foster, both of Manchester, NH; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.