Saying Goodbye to Friend and Activist Herb Foster

Hello Friends in RCNV,

Herb Foster passed away September 22, 2013. Herb and Ellie Foster were perhaps the first peace activists in Santa Cruz. Ellie served on the RCNV Steering Committee. She passed away in 2011.

Herb and Ellie initiated public vigils for peace in response to the Vietnam War on the steps of the Santa Cruz Post Office in the 1960’s. Herb was arrested several times for civil disobedience for peace and justice. He ran for Congress for the Peace and Freedom Party in 1970.

I roomed with Herb in a 1983 “Journey of Reconciliation” to the Soviet Union, Poland, and Germany, where we met human rights dissidents, met Polish liberation activists, and visited Auschwitz. The delegation was organized by the Fellowship of Reconciliation.

Herb helped Liz and me choose and buy our home, as a real estate agent.

Herb was a soft-spoken visionary who believed in socialism, in economic democracy, and in the abolition of war. He and Ellie were faithful at attending vigils at the Town Clock for many many years.

Herb suffered from Alzheimer’s disease the last 10 years.

Many of you know his sons David Foster and Ken Foster.

The family’s obituary says “Those wishing to honor Herb’s memory in some manner are asked to make a donation to the Resource Center for Nonviolence in Santa Cruz at”

The memorial service will be held at Quaker Center, Ben Lomond, November 3, 3 PM.

Thank you,

Peter Klotz-Chamberlin and the Resource Center for Nonviolence

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