2009 Distinguished Alumnus award

Richard N. Foster

Richard N. Foster

Representative Richard N. Foster passed away in October 2009 from a previous medical condition. He was honored in September 2009 as the Distinguished Alumnus for the UAF Alumni Association. Our condolences to his family and friends.

Representative Richard N.Foster was born and raised in Nome, Alaska in 1946.  Richard was the second of four children and he graduated from Nome High School in 1964. After graduation from High School, Richard attended the University of Alaska in Fairbanks and graduated with a bachelor of business administration. While at the University he was active in the Army RPTC program.

After graduation Richard went into the Army where he served two tours in Vietnam and finished his career as a Captain.  He was awarded a Bronze Star and two Army Commendation Medals for his extraordinary service and commitment. 

Richard returned to Nome and began working for the people in his area by taking over management of an air taxi service established by his father.  He has held many public service positions in Northwest Alaska. He served on the Sitnasuak Native and Bering Straits Native Corporation board and with the Nome Eskimo Community. Richard’s service eventually led him to local and then state politics.  He served on the Nome Planning and Zoning Commission, Nome City Council and School Board before he was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in 1988.  As a member of the legislature for the last 21 years, Representative Foster has served on multiple committees including finance, transportation, and the special committee on military and veteran’s affairs.  He also served on the deferred maintenance and the alcohol and drug abuse task force. Representative Foster also held the majority whip position from 2002 through 2008.

Richard has been a member of numerous organizations including the Nome Community Center, Norton Sound Health Corporation, Northwest Community College, Rotary and Lions Club, and Pioneer Igloo #1.

Richard has been married to Cathy Foster for 21 years and he has nine children. Richard is an avid outdoorsman and gun collector.

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