MVNU remembers prominent partner Edith Foster

Staff report

Longtime Mount Vernon Nazarene University contributor and supporter Edith Foster passed away Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015. Foster and her late husband, Dale, were instrumental not only in supporting the MVNU community through word and deed, but to the initial fundraising of Mount Vernon Nazarene College and its presence in the Mount Vernon community.

Foster was born Nov. 3, 1925, in Nelsonville, Ohio to the late Bernard and Venice (Cook) Inman. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Mount Vernon where she played piano for the congregation for over 20 years. Foster was previously a member of the Soroptimist Club.

Mrs. Foster’s late husband Dale E. Foster owned Foster’s Pharmacy in Mount Vernon and was a vital community member. In 1966, Dale’s fundraising efforts during MVNC’s early days were “instrumental in the community effort to persuade the college to locate in Mount Vernon.” Dale served as trustee for the North Central Ohio district of the Church of the Nazarene from 1966-86 and was MVNU’s Men’s Golf Coach. Dale was awarded an honorary doctor of letters in 1988. Both Dale and Edith Foster were named honorary alumni for their contributions and dedication to the University.

Together, the Fosters created an athletic endowment scholarship for baseball, golf, men’s and women’s basketball, and women’s volleyball. Each year Foster Endowed Scholarships are given to male and female athletes at MVNU who excel in athletics as well as their academic studies. Recipients also display a Christian witness and show leadership efforts on campus and in the community. In recent years Edith contributed to Ariel Arena, as Foster Hall has been named in honor of the Fosters.

Foster is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Dr. Richard York of Mount Vernon; a granddaughter, Megan M. York of Mount Vernon; and a niece, Cheryl (Kurt) Nunnally of Nelsonville.

Foster was preceded in death by her husband, Dale E. Foster in 2002.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in memory of Edith to assist student athletes at MVNU. If you would like to contribute to the Foster endowment fund, please go to to give online, or send a gift to Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 800 Martinsburg Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.

Calling hours for Mrs. Foster will be held Wednesday, Aug. 19, at First Church of the Nazarene in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Funeral Services are Thursday, Aug. 20, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Russ Gumm officiating. Burial will be held in St. Johns Cemetery.

MVNU President Dr. Henry Spaulding said, “Edith Foster belongs (to) that great cloud of witnesses referred to in Hebrews. She stood tall when it mattered for the University. She believed that God had plans for a young University. Edith’s love of the Lord and support for MVNU has enabled countless students to attend MVNU who are debtors to her sacrificial life.”

Staff report