Foster died December 7, 1991, in San Diego, California, after a brief illness. Foster came to Dartmouth with Cum Laude honors from Lake Forest (Illinois) High School. He was a philosophy major and spent the fall of 1976 on Foreign Study at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He was active in the French Club and in his fraternity, Gamma Delta Chi.
After graduation, Foster worked as a legal assistant for Moore & Van Allen and eventually went on to study law at the University of San Diego. He was the son of James D. Vail III ’50, the grandson of both Franklin N. Corbin Jr. ’20 and James D. Vail Jr. ’20, and the nephew of Franklin N. Corbin III ’51. He is survived by his mother, father, and two brothers.