Foster, Ken (In Memoriam)

Ken Foster was a member of the Board of Trustees from 1969 until his death in 1986, a total of 17 years of services.  He was appointed to fill a vacancy in 1969 and was first elected to the Board in 1973.  He twice served as Board President.

Ken was a Michigan native and moved to Fremont in 1935 and settled in Newark five years later.  He spent 38 years working for FMC Corporation in Newark.

Ken was an active civic leader and was involved in an endless list of social and political activities.  Among his many accomplishments, Ken helped establish Washington Hospital, helped organize Newark’s Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts, and served on the Newark City Council and Planning Commission.  In 1966, he served as Mayor of Newark.  Ken was a charter member of the Newark Kiwanis Club.

Ken’s wife Ruthe was appointed to complete his term on the Ohlone Board and went on to serve on the Board for the next 20 years, until her retirement in 2006.  Together Ken and Ruthe provided Ohlone with 37 years of dedicated leadership.