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John R. Foster

Gender: Male

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Biographical/Historical note:

John R. Foster was born August 17, 1911, in Greensboro, North Carolina, and graduated from Greensboro Senior High School (now Grimsley High School). He served as president of Odell Mill Supply, McCloud Companies, and Greenville Textile Company.

John Foster was chairman of the Greensboro Board of Education in 1954 when the Brown v. Board of Education decision mandated desegregation of the city’s public schools. He later served on the N.C. Board of Education and was a founding trustee of Guilford Technical Institute. Foster was also active in the Jaycees, serving as its president and also as chairman of the Greater Greensboro Open, a golf tournament the Jaycees organized annually. Foster also played a significant role in the construction of the polio hospital, Central Carolina Convalescent Hospital, in 1948. He was also a trustee of Wesley Long Hospital in Greensboro. John Foster died March 19, 1981, at the age of 69.

Items created by this individual or group:
Item thumbnail image Oral history interview with John R. Foster by Eugene Pfaff
Date: July 26, 1978
By: John R. Foster
From: GreensboroVOICES Collection

In this transcript of a July 26, 1978, oral history interview conducted by Eugene Pfaff with John R. Foster, Foster primarily discusses the history of the polio epidemic in North Carolina in the 19...

Item thumbnail image Oral History Interview with John Foster by William Chafe
Date: February 19, 1973
By: John R. Foster
From: William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection

This February 19, 1973, oral history interview conducted by William Chafe with John Foster primarily documents Foster’s recollections of school desegregation when he served as chairman of the Green...

Item thumbnail image Oral History Interview with John Foster by William Chafe
Date: February 14, 1973
By: John R. Foster
From: William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection

This February 14, 1973, oral history interview conducted by William Chafe with John Foster primarily documents Foster’s work on the Greensboro School Board during desegregation in the fifties and s...