Catherine Foster, 68, ran manufacturing company


Catherine Foster, a retired president and chief executive officer of Fostermation, a manufacturing company, died Tuesday of cancer in her Meadville, Pa., home. She was 68.

Catherine Rierson was born in Baltimore. In 1953, she graduated from Kenwood High School in Essex. She attended the Johns Hopkins University and Glendale California Community College in Glendale, Calif., where she lived for 12 years.

In 1957, she married Morgan L. Foster, who founded Fostermation after the couple moved to Meadville in 1971. Mrs. Foster took over the company when her husband died in 1990.

As a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow in 1997, she was a delegate to the Rotary International Convention in Glasgow, Scotland.

Mrs. Foster was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Meadville Medical Center Board of Directors and the Meadville Medical Center Foundation. She was also a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where she was chairwoman of the fellowship committee.

She traveled extensively to Europe and the Caribbean and was interested in American history. She also enjoyed studying genealogy and playing bridge.

Mrs. Foster has been listed in Who's Who of American Women since 1987.

Services were held yesterday in Meadville. Burial will be held in the Gardens of Faith Cemetery in Baltimore.

She is survived by three daughters, Diana F. Jarvis of Boston, Susan F. Ritchey of Meadville and Heather Foster of Ardmore, Pa.; son Morgan L. Foster Jr. of Boston; and three grandchildren. Her brother, William R. Rierson died in 1988.

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