Dr. Foster S. Buchtel, BA, MBA, PhD, CDR, USCG, Ret., 88, died January 18, 2019. He was born January 9, 1931 to Pers and Dortha Buchtel in Kenmore, OH.
Foster was a collateral descendent of the founders of the University of Akron. He graduated from Kenmore High School (1948), University of Akron (BA and PhD), and Western Michigan University (MBA). Foster worked for Goodyear, Case Western Reserve, Western Michigan University, and University of Akron. He also founded Buchtel Associates. He served as an enlisted in the Navy and an officer (Commander) in the Coast Guard Reserves. Foster married Peggy Caverno on December 16, 1951 and they had 3 children, Dortha Braat (Thomas), Mona Isaacs (Randy) and Glen Buchtel. Foster was always interested in education, either learning, teaching or helping others advance their education. He loved to travel and enjoyed classic cars. He belonged to several classic car clubs and received numerous awards for the 1951 Ford Flathead V8 he had restored. Foster volunteered to teach at the Coast Guard Academy as well as the Coast Guard Training Facility in Yorktown, VA, sat on the board of directors for Goodwill Industries and was a member of Rotary. Foster is survived by his wife Peggy, his children, 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, and his brothers, Mike Buchtel and Stan Buchtel. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Joyce (Buchtel) Waite. In accordance with Foster’s wishes, cremation has taken place.
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