Alabama Academy of Honor


Luther H. Foster

The following biographical sketch was compiled at the time of induction into the Academy in 1974.



Luther H. Foster is recognized as one of the outstanding educators in America. Beginning in 1941 he served at Tuskegee Institute as business manager and as president. In addition he was a member of the visiting committee for the Department and Graduate School of Education, University of Chicago; the Southern Regional Education Board; the National Commission for Cooperative Education; and the Overseas Development Committee.

Dr. Foster's activities in the field of education extended beyond the United States; he served on the Consultive Committee on Education in Africa, the Committee to Study Rural Education in Africa, the President's Advisory Commission on International Educational and Cultural Exchange, and the President's General Advisory Committee on Foreign Assistance Programs. He was also decorated by the Liberian government.

In addition to earning degrees from Virginia State College, Hampton Institute, Harvard University, and the University of Chicago, he received honorary degrees from Adams State College, the University of Liberia, the University of Michigan, Colley College, and Loyola University of Chicago. He is now deceased.