John Houston Foss

June 20, 1925May 6, 2014

New Bern, NC John Houston Foss, 88, of New Bern, died May 6, 2014 at Unihealth.

He was a member of St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church. He wrote the rules for the intercollegiate Rodeo Association and retired from the Coast Guard Auxiliary. John wrote the book “Cross Open Seas” and he was a member of the Author’s Guild. He received his Masters of American Literature from Duke University. He was a member of the Phi Gama Delta Fraternity. He received a Bachelor of Science degree at Washington State University. John was a professor at several universities.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Willard Foss.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, May 10, 2014 at St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church with Bishop John Lerow officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date in the Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, NY.

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Rob Angstadt

May 28, 2014

Dear Cousin Jean,
I remember when you and Uncle John would visit my parents and me in West Palm Beach. Uncle John was very kind and thoughtful and I always remembered he would sit and talk with me like an adult. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

May 23, 2014

Dear cousin Jean, my sister told me of John's passing. I recall an unforgettable conversation with him when I was 15 years old (long ago!) when you visited us in Boca Raton. He was the first person to really speak to me on an adult level -- isn't that extraordinary? I'm glad you had so many happy years together and am sorry for your loss. Valerie Willard Shea

Lisa Kirby

May 11, 2014

Jean, I'm sorry I missed Johns service but I am in Chicago. You will be in my thoughts and prayers in the days to come.

May 10, 2014

May the family of John Houston Foss find comfort by drawing close to God through prayer. James 4:8

Bev & Bill Healy

May 10, 2014

Dear Jean, We are sorry for your loss.

Lin & TJ Ford

May 10, 2014

Dear Jean-so very sorry to learn of John's passing. We knew him from St. Barbara's when we met at Fairfield Inn and always enjoyed conversing with him. May God keep you in His care.

May 8, 2014

Mrs. Jean,
So sorry for your loss, may your memories comfort you.
Laurie Bennett
CarolinaEast Health System
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Scott Sirkin

May 8, 2014

We were so sorry to hear of your loss of John (Pokey). Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.
Scott, Susan & Lizzy Sirkin