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Richard Foy

Richard D. Foy

Sunday, November 17th, 1929 - Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
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Richard Daniel Foy was born on November 17, 1929, in the Wakefield section of the Bronx, New York. He is the proud son of Irish immigrants, Peter Joseph and Virginia (nee McKeon) Foy. He had one older brother, Peter Joseph, II (1927-2016). Dr. Foy attended Saint Frances of Rome grammar school in the Bronx. Following the death of his mother, he attended Marist Preparatory in Esopus, NY from 1942-1945. He then progressed through the Marist Novitiate in Poughkeepsie from 1945-1947, and graduated Marist College, then called Marian College, in 1950.
Dr. Foy joined the Marist Brothers to be a teacher, taking the name Linus when he became ordained. After graduation, he taught high school for eight years at Saint Ann’s Academy in Manhattan. During this time, he studied part time and obtained his Master of Science degree in mathematics at St. John’s University, and Ph.D. in mathematics at New York University. Dr. Foy wrote his first computer program in 1954 on a Univac at NYU, which began his life-long love of computers.
Dr. Foy was named President of Marist College in November, 1958, becoming the youngest College president in America at the age of 28. At that time, Marist had an enrollment of 130 students. Marist would see significant expansion during his tenure. Notable construction projects included: Sheehan Hall, Leo Hall, Donnelly Hall, Champagnat Hall, Benoit House, Gregory House and the McCann Recreation Center. Marist added evening classes, a computer center, cooperative classes and programs for the economically disadvantaged. By the time Dr. Foy resigned from Marist College in 1979, enrollment had grown to 1900 students. The college opened to lay students in 1960, and in 1968 became truly co-educational when women were admitted. Dr. Foy felt strongly about the importance of education being available to the entire community.
Dr. Foy resigned from the Marist Brothers in 1970, but remained president of Marist College until 1979. He married Mary Ellen Morley (1938-2006) of Richmond Hill, Queens, a nurse at Lenox Hill Hospital, in 1971.
In 1979, Dr. Foy joined Boyden World Corporation, an international search firm with offices in 40 countries, as Chief Operating Officer. During the next two decades, he oversaw the transition of the organization from a single corporation to independent franchises. As part of his work, he traveled extensively in the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. He retired in 1999 to spend time on researching family history and the history of the Marist Brother’s property in Esopus.
During a six month sabbatical in Switzerland in 1964, Dr. Foy got hooked on skiing. He obtained his pilots license. He enjoyed basketball, tennis, softball, rowing and sailing on the Hudson. He enjoyed vacationing for two decades at Long Beach Island, New Jersey, where he took up windsurfing. He also loved playing the piano, and took lessons after retiring.
His devotion to his family and Marist College were endless. He was a well-known fixture at Marist sporting events, especially the home women’s and men’s basketball games.
He was renowned for his gentle nature and kind heart. He touched every person that came in contact with him in some way. It was his mission to reach out to those in need, and to learn the personal stories and struggles of those around him.
Dr. Foy is survived by his son, Peter Joseph, III and his wife Tracy (nee Stockwell) of Flanders, New Jersey; his daughter, Dr. Bridget Foy-Pomerantz and her husband Jason Pomerantz of Red Hook, New York; and five beloved grandchildren: Mary Josephine, Zoe Morley, Daniel Scott, Linus Richard, and Lars Henry.
Visitation will be Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 2-4 & 6-8 PM at the Wm. G. Miller & Son FH., Inc., 371 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, April 27, 2019, 11AM in The Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Chapel at Marist College, 3399 North Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations to the Peter and Virginia Foy Scholarship Fund at Marist College. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at www.wmgmillerfuneralhome.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Wm. G. Miller & Son F.H. ,Inc.
    Address
    371 Hooker Ave.
    POUGHKEEPSIE, NY 12603
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  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Wm. G. Miller & Son F.H. ,Inc.
    Address
    371 Hooker Ave.
    POUGHKEEPSIE, NY 12603
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, April 27th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, April 27th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Our Lady Seat of Wisdaom Chapel Marist College
    Address
    3399 North Road
    Poughkeepsie, NY , NY 12601
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Pat Rippey

Posted at 05:12pm
I have wonderful memories of Dr. Foy and Mrs. Foy, and they were both very kind to me. I was a neighbor and babysitter of Peter and Bridget when I was a teenager. Dr. Foy would walk me home with their beautiful german shepherd, Bally, and he was always interested in what I was studying and my plans for the future. Once he invited me to attend an event at Marist college - he gave me a choice between a Judy Collins concert and seeing the Harlem Globetrotters, with the understanding that Mrs. Foy would attend whichever one I didn't choose. I agonized over it, wondering which one she would have preferred, but in the end I choose the globetrotters. I was able to bring my best friend and we thought we were something special getting to sit with the college president at the game! Another time he had me babysit during the college graduation, knowing that my idol Bill Bradley was the commencement speaker. Dr. Foy arranged for me to meet him and it was the thrill of my life. Hope Peter and Bridget are doing well. Know that your father was a very kind and special man!!
Pat O'Connor Rippey, Baltimore MD

Casey Podlaski

Posted at 06:43am
i was fortunate to have Dr. Richard "Linus "Foy as my faculty advisor during my undergraduate years in the late 1960's and also to have had a one-on-one time with him just a few years at the college, which included a lunch off campus. The same "Linus" foy was there on both occasions. He was a true leader and person you could talk to and he always made you feel important. He will surely be missed by the Marist College community.
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