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Bob Foster was a dear friend, pastor, mentor and supervisor to me. He was my campus pastor with Lutheran Campus Ministry during undergrad days at the University of Iowa from 1974-1977. I was his campus associate and the Director of Christus Community from 1977 to 1980. Christus Community was student housing in two houses with daily meals and Bible studies during the week.
As campus associate I assisted Bob in the weekly campus worship in Old Brick and the weekly discussions on spiritual and social topics of the day. We were involved in the anti-apartheid efforts. I was privileged to live in Zimbabwe in 1992 when the fruits of those efforts came to be with the election of Nelson Mandela as the President of the New South Africa.
Bob officiated at our wedding in 1978. He was a friend and mentor over the years wherever in the world we were living at the time. We enjoyed our trips back to Iowa City including lunches with Bob and the Lutheran Campus Ministry crowd.
We were hoping to visit Bob in August but were sad to hear of his passing. Our deepest condolences to the entire Foster Family.
Bob carried the mantle of a prophet proclaiming freedom for the captives and justice for the oppressed. That mantle has now passed to those of us who were pastored by this gentle giant.
With much love,
Dan and Cindy Norell
God's Healing Light and Comfort to all of you. It was wonderful to know Bob (and Cora). They were wonderful people. Ed and I will try to be at the visitation but will have family from out of town here this weekend and will miss the funeral tomorrow. May it e a wonderful celebration of life and the Resurrection!
Dear Family, Vicki Hughes here. My son Roger and I will be at the visitation Friday night but won't be able to attend Bob's funeral on Saturday as I have a commitment in Des Moines on Saturday. Bob and Cora were Roger's confirmation sponsors and we held them in loving regard.
I wanted to share one wonderful memory about Bob. When he was Pastor at Lutheran Campus Ministry he asked me to be the Assisting Minister one Sunday. I read the scriptures and said the prayers OK. But when it came time for the Assisting Minister to end the service with "Go in Peace. Serve the Lord." I must have been a little shy about it because after the service was over I remember Bob coming up to me and in that gentle way of his telling me that my voice was the last that the congregation heard so I needed to "Really give it to them" That was over 40 years ago and I have been shouting from the rear of First Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids to "GO IN PEACE! SERVE THE LORD" ever since.
I have wonderful memories of your parents and bridge games and meals shared. They were excellent examples of Christian love and devotion. Thank you for sharing Bob and Cora with the world.
Sorry to hear about this.
Thoughts and prayers are with the Foster family.
I have missed and will miss Bob's visits to California - good wine, great games of cribbage and quips of humor thrown in for good measure.
Rest in peace with your beloved Cora.
To the family of Dr. Robert Foster:
You have our deepest sympathy in the death of your father. He has gone to be with his beloved wife Cora in Heaven where we all will be called some day. May God give you comfort and peace knowing that he will spend eternity with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
All our love at this time in your lives,
Verla and Vince