Rapid Autopsy


In Memoriam...


Dave Foster
Dave Foster, a native of California, was diagnosed with a brain tumor while working at a job he loved in Dubai in June of 2016. He just thought his eyes were tired from overwork and too much screen time. He and his girlfriend, Sheila, decided to return to the U.S. for treatment at Johns Hopkins because of the institution's reputation and because the family could easily gather nearby for support. Surgery in July showed an aggressive tumor, and the pathology report confirmed a Stage 4 glioblastoma. Dave was young and healthy, and determined to be in the 5% that makes it to the other side of such a diagnosis. He entered a clinical trial at Hopkins that combined nivolumab with radiation and temozolomide. When the tumor progressed, he endured another round of whole brain radiation, but the tumor continued its march, finally claiming Dave's life. He died peacefully at Gilchrist Hospice in Towson, Maryland on June 5, 2017. He was 37.

Dave was a designer by training. He chose to apply his skills to causes and organizations that supported his values by working on projects that helped the environment, contributed to better civil discourse, and helped the poorest people who live and work at the "bottom of the pyramid." He loved being a global citizen, living abroad and experiencing adventure travel, diversity in nature, geography, cultures, and people. He was an avid scuba diver and was deeply concerned about the state of the world's oceans and the environment. Dave is remembered for his kindness, optimism, curiosity, sense of humor, ability to include people, his passion for the earth, and his smile that lit up a room. He was quite simply a lovely man, and he left many, many friends.

Dave's wish was to donate his organs to people who might be able to use them to continue their own lives in better health. Because of the cancer, only his brain was eligible for donation, but he was happy to share it in the hopes that the researchers could learn something from his misfortune that might help others in the future. He hoped his donation would inspire others to do the same.

Rest in Peace, Lovely Man. Your kindness inspires all of us to continue your legacy to "See and Be the Good in the World."