Honoring Dr. Francis Foster //
The late Richmond dentist and historian Dr. Francis Foster Sr. was honored Feb. 10 at Virginia Commonwealth University by the School of Dentistry for practicing dentistry in Jackson Ward for 41 years and teaching at the dental school for 16 years. Vinita Acklin, a fourth- year dental student, was the inaugural recipient of the newly endowed Francis Foster Sr. D.D.S. Student National Dental Association Scholarship. From left are Dr. Foster’s children, Dr. Colette Foster Groves, Frank Foster Jr.
and Carmen Foster, joined by Dr. David Sarrett, dean of the dental school, Barbara Wright and her husband, Dr. Thomas Wright Jr., who was honored with the “First 100” Trailblazer Award. In 1969, he was the second dentist of color to graduate from the dental school.