Richard  Foster

Obituary of Richard Porter Foster

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Richard Porter Foster, 54, born and raised in New Jersey, passed away on April 30th, in Pine Beach, NJ. He is survived by his parents, Robert and Linda Foster, his sister and brother-in-law, Jessica and Dean Nora, and his adored nephews, Drew and Beckham Nora. Richard graduated from Toms River High School South in 1988. He pursued his education at Duquesne University, earning a Bachelor's degree in Accounting with minors in Computer Science, US History, and Finance. Richard's career began with Thrift Drugs, Inc., where he played a pivotal role in shaping the mail-order pharmacy sector during its infancy. His passion for accounting and computer science fueled his innovative contributions to the industry. Seeking to be closer to family and to pursue his dual passions for sailing and work, Richard joined Schering-Plough, launching a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry. In a remarkably short time, he ascended to the role of Vice President at Allergan Pharmaceuticals. Rich cherished his upbringing in Toms River and excelled in sailing from a young age, achieving numerous local and national championships in his Laser and later in his Melges 24. He imparted his love for sailing to his nephews in California, becoming an integral part of their lives by teaching them how to sail, refereeing their soccer games, volunteering in their classrooms, and serving as their personal tutor in US History. Rich was a walking encyclopedia of US History and took great pride in instilling patriotism in his nephews. We will remember Rich for his unwavering commitment to making the world a better place, his deep love for his family, and his knack for lightening the mood with a history joke or trivia. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our family and friends for their support, as well as to the dedicated neurologists for their commitment in treating Rich's epilepsy. A celebration of Rich's life will be held in the coming months, with details to be shared at a later date. In closing, we reflect on a quote from Abraham Lincoln, a figure Rich greatly admired for his ability to apply history to the present: "The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here." Thank you, Rich, for the profound impact you had on our lives. With love and remembrance, Robert and Linda Foster
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