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Foster, George Alfred, 1859-1922



  • Existence: 1859 - 1922


George Alfred Foster was born April 17, 1859, at Whitewater, Wisconsin. He attended Milwaukee High School and Markham’s Academy in Milwaukee as well as the Northwestern University Academy (Evanston, Illinois) before matriculating to Northwestern University. Foster took a bachelor of arts degree from Northwestern in 1881. Active in extracurricular fields of endeavor, Foster was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and of the honorary society Phi Beta Kappa. A talented public speaker, Foster won Northwestern’s Deering and Kirk oratorical prizes. After graduation, he served for a term, 1899-1900, as president of the Northwestern University Alumni Association.

Foster married Mary Harvie Scovil of Chicago on September 30, 1894. The couple settled in Evanston and raised a family there: Melvine (1886-1886), Melissa (born 1888), George Henry (born 1890), Scovil (1892-1893), and Elinor (born 1895).

Foster died April 28, 1922, at his Evanston home. Mary Scovil Foster died September 4, 1936, at Pasadena, California. George and Mary Foster are interred at Chicago’s Graceland Cemetery.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

George A. Foster (1859-1922) Papers

Identifier: 31/6/205

George Alfred Foster (1859-1922) attended Northwestern University Academy and graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor of arts degree in 1881. His papers consist of photographs, a reunion program, and an autograph book which includes signatures of Northwestern University Academy classmates and associates.

Dates: 1877 - 1906