Audrith Foster, 73, arts patron who headed annual Flower Mart


July 14, 1993|By Staff Report

Audrith Foster, an accomplished musician and artist whose many civic activities included chairing Baltimore's spring Flower Mart at the Washington Monument, died June 28 at Keswick of respiratory failure and pneumonia. She was 73.

Born in Baltimore, the former Audrith Arnold graduated from the Samuel Ready School at age 15 and began her studies at Goucher College in 1936.

Two years later, she was forced to suspend her college education for two years to earn her tuition. Returning to Goucher, she graduated in 1942 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Her classmates unanimously elected her Goucher's 1942 May Queen.

From 1942 to 1945, she was employed by the U.S. Office of Price Administration, which controlled rationing in World War II. When the war ended, she was deputy economic analyst of the agency.

She began piano and organ studies at the Peabody Conservatory while still a high school student, and she played in public recitals as well as at school functions.

At the Maryland Institute of Art, she studied dress design and became proficient in oils and watercolor.

Mrs. Foster's interest in painting remained with her throughout her life, and her art work was much admired.

As a member and benefactor, she supported the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walters Art Gallery, the Maryland Institute, the Three Arts Club of Homeland, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Baltimore's Peabody Institute, the English-Speaking Union and the Women's Civic League, of which she was a board member for many years.

She had chaired the Flower Mart committee for the league. A longtime resident of Guilford, she had been president of both the league's Guilford Group and of the Arundel Garden Club.

Other civic and health activities that benefited from her interest and time included the American Heart Association.

Mrs. Foster loved the ocean and spent as much time as possible at the family's summer home at Middlesex Beach, Del., where she served as president of the community association.

She made trips throughout North and South America and Europe, and one trip around the world. She was a member of the Baltimore Country Club, Rehoboth Beach Club and Bayside Tennis Club.

Services for Mrs. Foster are to be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road, Rodgers Forge.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Dulany Foster, a retired chief judge of the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City and a retired administrative judge of the 8th Judicial Circuit; a stepson, Dulany Foster Jr. of Wilton, Conn.; two step-grandsons; and three step-great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Keswick, 700 W. 40th St., Baltimore 21211.

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