January 17, 2022:
Like Taylor, Duke, Farnsworth, and the other giants in the field of botany, another walking library of knowledge is now gone. Like his colleagues, however, Foster left this world with an enormous reservoir of work via his illuminating photographs and journal articles. He was always gracious to us science and health reporters, with his photographs providing the needed gravitas for so many news article by me and others. I once finagled an invitation to a dinner hosted by Farnsworth after a day of symposium speakers in Puerto Rico and considered myself beyond lucky to sit next to him. He was indeed “Mr. Echinacea.” He was also just a great human being.