Obituary: John Munoz Foster
John Munoz Foster, a long-time resident of Darien and Rowayton, Nantucket, Mass., and formerly of Montclair, N.J., died peacefully Saturday, July 7, surrounded by members of his family at Stamford Hospital. Mr. Foster, 75, was the husband of June Hayward Foster for almost 40 years. They were married in 1972 merging their families.
Mr. Foster was born on Nov. 23, 1936, in East Orange, N.J., the son of the late John Edward Foster and Isabel Munoz Foster of Montclair, N.J. He was predeceased by his half brother, Charles E. Foster. Mr. Foster, graduating from Montclair Academy in 1954, served as president of his senior class and of the student council, editor-in-chief of the yearbook and football team co-captain. He was selected All-State in his senior year, along with other outstanding scholastic athletes that included Aubrey Lewis from Montclair High School.
Mr. Foster was also distinguished by the receipt of the faculty Head Boy Award. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1958 where he was elected president of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, and was a member of Casque & Gauntlet.
Mr. Foster spent his early professional career with Fieldcrest Cannon Inc., holding profit and loss responsibilities for large mill complexes and major private label accounts. After serving as Fieldcrest’s division vice president, he became senior vice president in 1978 for the executive search firm of Boyden International, managing the New York office and serving on its Board of Directors. He continued his executive search career by founding Foster Resources and Company in 1992, as well as pursuing his diverse creative talents by joining AFTRA (American Federation of Television & Radio Artists). This gave him more opportunities to express his love of acting, and singing that led to a career in voice-overs. Locally, he was a member and a soloist of the Connecticut Choraliers, as well as soloist for a variety of community and family occasions.
Mr. Foster was a longtime member of the Wee Burn Country Club where he was a director as well as active golfer, a member of the Sankaty Golf Club on Nantucket Island — a place dear to his heart. Formerly, he was a member of the Montclair Golf Club, and a member of the Union League Club of New York City.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Foster is survived by his children and their spouses, John E. Foster, Carmita F. McGeary; stepchildren, Barbara R. Hunter, William W. Hunter, James C. Hunter; and 14 grandchildren, Alexander and Annie Foster, Justin, John, James, Carmita Joy and Michael McGeary, Katherine Meckus, Derek, Kimberly and Rachael Hunter; Carlton, Charles and Catherine Hunter.
Grandchildren who shared their feelings said: “They will miss Pop’s wonderful smile, his voice, his hugs and the loving interest he showed to each one of them.”
A memorial service will be held at 1 on Saturday, Aug. 18, at St. Luke’s Parish, 1864 Post Road, in Darien.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the National Down Syndrome Society, NDSS, 666 Broadway, 8th Floor, New York, NY, 10012 or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 200 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 4E, Norwalk, CT 06854.