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Alan Stuart Foss
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Birth: Sep. 9, 1929
Death: Feb. 22, 2006

Prof. Alan Stuart Foss

Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, died on February 22 at age 76 after a long illness.

Prof. Foss was born on Sept. 9, 1929, in Stamford, CT.

He attended the Mount Hermon School in MA, the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (B.S., 1952) and the University of Delaware (M.S., 1954 and Ph.D., 1957).

After four years at DuPont as a research engineer, Foss joined the faculty at Berkeley in 1961 where he specialized in chemical process modeling and control. He became an associate professor in 1965, a full professor in 1973 and was vice chair of the Dept. of Chemical Engineering, 1967-69. He was also a senior staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory from 1975 until 1994.

He retired from teaching in July 1994 after suffering a stroke but continued to develop chemical process control software for undergraduate education.

Teaching, especially undergraduates, was Prof. Foss's passion. In a brief autobiography, Foss told prospective graduate students "there must be an irrepressible driving force to go into teaching." About teaching, he once stated, "The greatest challenge is... our undergraduate students. There, I find that a rather delicate balance is needed in telling, asking, testing, challenging, encouraging, tutoring, correcting, stretching, leading. I am still searching for the right mix."

Foss acquired a lifelong love of lacrosse at Mount Hermon and coached the sport for many years in California. He was an avid hiker, and lover of the outdoors and travel.

Foss is survived by his wife, Anna Mathe of Berkeley; two sisters, Barbara Wells of MA, and Marjorie Dente of HI; four children: son, Willard, of Thousand Oaks; daughters, Esther and Emese of Eugene, OR; and daughter, Reka of Berkeley; and four grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held on March 25 at 2 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St, Oakland.

Published in the San Francisco Chronicle on 3/19/2006.  
Created by: D.A.R.
Record added: Mar 19, 2006
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 Added: Mar. 19, 2006

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 Added: Mar. 19, 2006

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