The Success Story of Dr. Norman Foster '73
"MacMurray College showed me the wide range of possibilities. I was also exposed to many broad areas of intellectual life."
Dr. Norman L. Foster was a Jacksonville native. MacMurray College was one of three choices of schools his parents gave him. He was Editor of MacMurray Journal of Natural and Social Science in 1973, a member of the math club and played intramurals. Foster graduated summa cum laude in 1973 with double majors in biology and chemistry.
He completed his MD at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, followed by an internship in straight medicine at the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis. Foster then completed his residency in the Department of Neurology at the University of Utah School of Medicine; and completed a fellowship in the Experimental Therapeutics Branch at the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke in Bethesda, Maryland. In addition, he received an honorary doctor of science from MacMurray College in 1995 and the Young Alumni Award in 1983.
Since 1977, Foster has been involved in medicine as a physician and professor. Currently, he is a professor in the neurology department at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, a senior investigator with The Brain Institute and an adjunct professor in the neurology department at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is also the director of the University of Utah Center for Alzheimer's Care, Imaging and Research.
He serves on several professional and scientific committees - External Advisory Committees for the Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers at the University of Texas Southwestern and the University of Alabama at Birmingham; advisory group member for GE Healthcare; scientific advisory board member with Myriad Pharmaceuticals in Salt Lake City, Utah; and executive committee member for the Geriatric Neurology Section of the American Academy of Neurology. He is also a member of the American Neurological Association; American Academy of Neurology; American Association for the Advancement of Science; International Neuropsychology Society; and the International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism.
He has authored or coauthored many articles, chapters and books on the subject of Alzheimer's. In addition, he has presented internationally in Denmark, Spain, Saudi Arabia, France, and the Netherlands.
Foster has received many awards and honors throughout his career. He was recognized in 2007 by the Utah Business Magazine as a Health Care Hero in the Innovation category. He has been listed in "The Best Doctors in America" nine years and twice in "Detroit's Top Docs" for Alzheimer's disease in the Metropolitan Detroit Monthly Hour Magazine.
His wife, Carol, is a pediatric endocrinology professor at the University of Utah. They have two children - Sarah, who is studying hydrogeology at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, and Daniel, a financial analyst with Comerica Bank in Detroit.