services for Charles R. (Charlie) Foster were held at 11:00
a.m., Friday, January 7, 2005 in the Chapel of Davis-Greenlawn
Funeral Home with interment following at Green-lawn Memorial
Charlie was born in Hatties-burg,
Mississippi but was raised in Laurel, Mississippi. He
married Mary Lucile Jordan in 1937. Two children were born
of this union, Charles Stephen Foster and Susanna Foster,
now Susanna Foster Barrett.
Charlie's formal education consisted of
attendance and graduation from the public school system in
Laurel and from Jones County, Mississippi Junior College, a
summer course in soil mechanics at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology and extension courses in subjects
related to engineering from Mississippi State University.
He was a Civil Engineer, licensed by
examination in Mississippi, and by reciprocity in Texas and
Maryland. He specialized in pavements especially asphalt
He worked full time for 44 years, 2 for
the Masonite Corporation, 2 for the Soil Conservation
Service, 23 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 17 for the
National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), and part time
as a Consultant for 20 years.
His last 15 years with the Corps was at
the Waterways Experiment where he was engaged in research on
all phases of asphalt pavements, mix design, thickness
requirements, and compaction requirements. Much of what he
analyzed and recommended or supervised is still in use by
the Corps and other public agencies. He also supervised
research on the use of landing mats, membranes, and the
trafficability of unsurfaced soils and snow.
At NAPA he managed their Quality
Improvement Program. He was active in getting the acceptance
by state transportation departments of automatic batching
with recordation, automatic screed controls, surge and
storage bins, thick lifts, use of silicone to prevent
tearing, drum mixers, mixing time based on coating,
cessation requirements based on lift thickness and
temperature rather than on a calendar day, and recycling.
During his career he was an active member
of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the
Transportation Research Board, the American Society for
Testing and Materials, and the Association of Asphalt Paving
Technologists (AAPT). Charlie wrote some 200 papers many of
which were published by these societies and by NAPA. A paper
he coauthored in 1951 received ASCE's Thomas Fitch Rowland
Award and one he coauthored in 1959 received ASCE's Norman
Medal, the highest Award given by ASCE. He also received the
Asphalt Institute's Award of Merit, AAPT's Award of
Recognition, and he was a charter member of NAPA's Hot Mix
Hall of Fame.
He is survived by his wife, Lucile; son,
Charles Stephen Foster; daughter, Susanna Foster-Barrett and
her husband, Michael M. Barrett of Frederick, Maryland.
Further he is survived by three grandchildren, Michelle
Foster Cashiola and her husband, David Cashiola of Sugar
Land; Charles Randal Foster and his wife, Nicole Foster of
Tomball, Texas; and Susan Fionna Barrett of Frederick,
Maryland; three great-grandchildren, Cameron Cashiola, Mary
Catherine Cashiola, Nathan Cashiola and two step
great-grandchildren, Ally Owens and Jordan Owens.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be
made to the American Heart Association, Texas Affiliate,
P.O. Box 15186, Austin, Texas 78761-5186.
Funeral arrangements were under the
direction of Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home, 3900 B.F. Terry
Blvd., Rosenberg, Texas 77471. (281) 341-8800.