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1964 Horatio Alger Award Winner

T. Jack Foster*

Building and Land Developer

"It's good if you can say at the end of the day you did something that will last and have a positive effect on others."

T. Jack Foster was a land developer who dreamed of building a master-planned community. His dream came true in the 1960s when he bought four square miles of what was then called Brewer Island, located next to San Mateo, California. The land was mostly a vast hay field, but Foster could see its potential. His plan included 230 acres of lagoons and his goal was to develop a balanced community that physically, economically, and socially met the needs of its residents. He received his Horatio Alger Award in 1964, just as the first home owners began to take up residence. He died in 1968, but his dream lived on through the work of his sons who were also his business partners. In 1971, the 10,000 residents voted to incorporate their town, now known as Foster City. Today this successful community includes 29,000 residents.

* Deceased