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Bruce Parks Foster, retired professor of physics and astronomy

Bruce Parks Foster, retired physics professor, obituaryBruce Parks Foster, 86, retired professor of physics and astronomy, died Sept. 21.

Foster joined UNT after receiving a doctorate in physics from Yale University in 1953. He started the astronomy program and was a faculty member for more than 35 years.

Foster also was an avid fan of UNT athletics, taking his children to basketball and football games in the 1960s-70s, and later having his grown children take him to the games.

In 1960, Foster was awarded a Fulbright scholarship, which enabled him to lecture in physics at the University of Peshawar in Pakistan. He also taught and coached basketball at Forman Christian College in Lahore, Pakistan.

He was a member of the American Physical Society, American Association of University Professors, Sigma Xi and the American Association of Physics Teachers.

Foster was born in Mussoorie, India, where his parents were missionaries. He attended an American mission boarding school, graduating in 1942.

Foster earned a bachelor’s degree from Baldwin Wallace College, and a master’s degree and doctorate from Yale.

Foster was an Army veteran who was stationed throughout Europe during World War II.

Survivors include four sisters, three children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Oct. 15, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2200 North Bell Ave.

Posted on: Tue 11 October 2011

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