Donated by Caryn Chaffin
Paver location: 9-E (see map)
I donated a paver to honor my father, Mario Foster, who passed away on December 9, 2015 at the age of 82. My father chose to return to his hometown of Dallas after serving four years in the Marine Corps in California. He was in the Marine Corps Band and earned a scholarship to attend SMU. He graduated from SMU in 1960 with a Bachelor's in Music. In 1967, he earned a Master's in Music Education from SMU. He used his degrees in music to teach thousands of students how to play an instrument. He taught at St Mark's School of Texas from 1963 to 1983. He moved back to California in 1984 and continued to teach music there until September of 2015. His whole life was about music from the time he was five years old and learned to play the clarinet. He could play all of the woodwind instruments, but his favorite was the alto saxophone. I will miss him deeply, but his paver will give me something to treasure. Thank you, SMU, for giving me the opportunity to honor Mario Foster, Music Man.
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