Beatrice “Bea'” <I>Michelson</I> Foster


Beatrice “Bea'” Michelson Foster

Death 28 Dec 1972 (aged 68)
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Sec: 12, Site: 8542-7
Memorial ID 49183668 View Source
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Daughter of the first American to win a Nobel Prize in the sciences. Leading figure in the League of Women Voters of Loudoun County, Virginia. Widow of Festus F Foster, CAPT USN who died in France during WWII. Mother of daughter Barbara and son Jeremy. Killed in an automobile accident in winter of 1972-1973.

She enjoyed telling the story that during the voyages to and from her father's Nobel ceremony he allowed her to swing across the rail over the water, to her mother's horror.

Another story was that her husband would ring the doorbell with the Morse code for his initial upon returning home. This led to an embarrassing moment when the ship's communication officer came to call, who rang his hosts' doorbells in the Morse code for their initials, did so while She was in he shower, and she rushed to greet him.

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W/O Festus F


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  • Created by: John C. Anderson
  • Added: 5 Mar 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 49183668
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Beatrice “Bea'” Michelson Foster (9 Sep 1904–28 Dec 1972), Find a Grave Memorial ID 49183668, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by John C. Anderson (contributor 47208015) .