Paul Frederick Foster was born March 25, 1889, in Wichita, Kansas. Foster attended the U.S. Naval Academy where he graduated in 1911. On September 8, 1916, Foster married Issabelle de la Vicendier Lowe and they had one son. Foster served in the Navy and received the Medal of Honor on December 5, 1915, in accordance with General Orders 177, for his distinguished conduct and courage during the Battle of Vera Cruz on April 21 and 22, 1914. In 1929 Foster became a businessman in New York City, and in 1941 he surveyed resources of the Galapagos Islands for the Pacific Development Company. In 1941 Foster was recalled to the navy by Franklin Roosevelt, and he retired as Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy Reserve, in October 1946. In 1946 Foster became the vice president of Mandal Brothers, Inc., in Chicago, and in 1950 he changed jobs to the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development in Washington D.C. Foster worked for the Atomic Energy Commission from 1954 to 1959, and became the U.S. representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna until 1961. Foster died January 30, 1972, and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, in Virginia.
Entry: Foster, Paul
Author: Kansas Historical Society
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