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Percy A. Foster
(1889-1968)

Percy Ashley Foster was born in East Jordan, Michigan on June 6, 1889, the son of Kate E. Pickard and Frank A. Foster, a physician. He attended school in Michigan, but his family moved to Los Angeles some time between 1900 and 1910. He earned his medical degree and as of 1917 was employed as a physician and surgeon at Emergency General Hospital in Los Angeles (and was living at 4509 Wall Street in Los Angeles). By 1920 he had opened his own medical office on Central Avenue, with a private nurse/assistant (Jane G. Rice, a widow) living at the same address. By 1930 Percy and Jane had married and established a medical office at 4730 Angeles Vista Blvd. in Los Angeles, the same address as on his mineral label. In June of 1939, when he took a trip to Hong Kong, he gave the same address.

In 1967 Foster sold his collection to Lucile Bradley ("The Bradleys," widow of mineral dealer Joseph W. Bradley) and Leonard Bourget. It was pronounced by Rock Currier to be the best lot of Bisbee azurite and malachite specimens that he had seen for sale at one time. Percy A. Foster died in Los Angeles a year later, on April 12, 1968.

References:
CURRIER, R. (2007) Personal communication.
California Death Index.
World War I Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918.
California Passenger and Crew Lists 1893-1957.
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