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Arthur D. Foster, a retired engineer with the Buffalo Public Schools, died Sunday (Oct. 12, 1997) in his home in Watertown. He was 80.

During World War II, Foster was in four major battles as a Marine and earned the Purple Heart at Bougainville, the last Japanese stronghold in the Solomon Islands.

A native of Adams Center, Foster moved to Buffalo after the war and worked as a welder, first at Pratt & Letchworth and then at General Motors. He retired in 1982 from the school district.

His wife of 47 years, L. Bell Docteur Foster, died in 1982.

Survivors include a son, Arthur J. of West Seneca; two daughters, Beverly A. Olney of Watertown and Patricia J. Litowski of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.; a brother, Marshall of Willsboro; three sisters, Lois Jardine of Scotia, Clarebell Walker of Adams and Velma Robbins of Montreal; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

A private burial service will be held in Brookside Cemetery, Watertown.

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