Professor Emeritus Hague Foster dies at 83

Dr. Hague Doyen Foster

Dr. Hague Doyen Foster, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, died peacefully and surrounded by family at the age of 83 on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

Hague was born on October 10, 1935, in Port Arthur, Texas to Hayden Hague and Ethel Catherine (Doyen) Foster. In 1958, he married Lorraine “Lorri” Katz. Over the course of their sixty-year marriage, they raised four children and took joy in the births of four grandchildren. Hague graduated from the University of Chicago in 1957. He spent a year as a Wilson Fellow at Harvard and a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, completing his doctorate at The University of Chicago in 1966. Hague spent most of his career as a Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Fresno, and retired in 1998.

“Professor Foster’s legacy runs deep in Arts and Humanities; his teachings on social justice and focus on the common good touched countless generations of our students,” said Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at California State University, Fresno.

Dr. Hague Doyen Foster
Dr. Hague Doyen Foster

Hague was known for his incisive intellect, his concern for social and economic justice, and his devotion to family. He and Lorri shared a love of theater, classical music, and the beauty of mountain landscapes and wildflowers. His children have fond memories of long conversations, even longer games of chess, and backpacking trips with him in the Sierras.

Hague was preceded in death by his father, Hayden Hague, his mother Ethel, and his brother Gary. He is survived by his brother Travis, his wife Lorri, their four children, Kira, Megan, Naissa, and Seth, his son-in-law Ben, and daughter-in-law Diana, and his beloved grandchildren, Toby, Liam, Noah, and Kaia. He will be deeply missed.  Donations in Hague’s memory may be sent to Amnesty International or the American Civil Liberties Union.

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