Malcolm S. Foster
D.D.S. "Doc" Marine Veteran "Sarge"
Malcolm, 73, of Santa Rosa peacefully passed away Tuesday, February 07, 2023 at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center in Rio Rancho, NM with his family at his side.
He was born on November 30, 1949 in Winchester, Massachusetts to the home of Benjamin Emerson Foster and Hattie Novello Foster in Wakefield, Massachusetts.
In Malcolm's younger years, the family made their home in Albuquerque, NM. After graduating from Sandia High School, he attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. 1967 — 1970 (student) 1973 - 1976 (B.U.S. degree). In 1976 - 1980 he attended
Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska earning his D.D.S. degree,
1980 — 1982. Resident, Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan, Matt Children's Health Center, Flint, Michigan. Certificate in Pediatric
Dentistry. In 1970, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. Rank:
Sergeant, Awards: National Defense Service Medal, Certificate of
Commendation, Rifle Expert Medal w/ 3 rd Award Requalification Bar.
In 1983 Dr. Foster moved to Santa Rosa, NM. Worked at Los Esteros Dental Clinic, where he met Bernadette, until 1989. In 1991, Malcolm and Bernadette married on September 7, 1991 and moved to Maine. There, he worked for Catholic Charities of Maine at the Jessie Albert Dental Center in Bath, Maine.
Dr. Foster opened his private practice in 1995 (retired 2015). Besides providing dental care to children in the office, he also had hospital privileges at Parkview Adventist Medical Center in Brunswick, Maine. Having a high state wide referral network, Dr. Foster was able to provide a Comprehensive and Full Mouth rehabilitation with the aid of General Anesthesia. Approximately 5,000 children treated: ages 3 — 8years or 3 — 12 years for Special Needs Patients. Predominantly low income, Maine care population.
His educating experiences — Dental Volunteer for Israel, Clinical
Instructor: Westbrook College Dental Hygiene Program/ University of New Mexico Dental Hygiene Program/ Mott Community College Dental Programs.
He had his book published in 1992 "Protecting Our Children's Teeth", was involved with Headstart Programs, Boy Scouts of America, and Church Youth Groups.
In September 2017, Malcolm and Bernadette back to Santa Rosa (Home).
He was very active with the Veteran's group, enjoyed driving his Willy Jeep in the local parades, golfing, woodwork, reading, and going to the shooting range. He enjoyed his visits with Lester Lamb who was very much like a brother to him, and taking "Mr. Milo" (Evelyn's Yorkie) for rides in his truck and for walks. In Maine, he enjoyed fishing and boating on the coast of Maine, (he built his boat, a 21 ' wooden Dory). He and Bernadette spent many hours looking for sea glass. He called her "The Queen of Sea glass" He had a wonderful sense of humor.
Malcolm will be missed by family, community and the many friends he made through his lifetime. He was a man who gave his best and looked for the best in others.
Malcolm was preceded in death by his parents, brother: Karl Foster, sisters: Martha and Marianne Foster, step son: Troy Pino, Father-in-law: Anselmo Sanchez, brothers-in-law, Anthony and Michael Sanchez.
He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife Bernadette of 32 years, son: Shane Pino, granddaughter: MaKayla Pino, great-grandchildren: Payton and Levi Chavez, Brother: Jonathan Foster, in-laws: Mamye Sandoval, Maryanne Weide, Gerald Sanchez, Evelyn Griego, Rudy
Sanchez, Lorraine Kavanaugh as well as many nieces and nephews.
NO FUNERAL SERVICES ARE PLANNED AT THIS TIME.
The Foster family has entrusted the care of their loved one to Chavez Funeral Home, 923 S. Third St., Santa Rosa, NM 88435. 575-472-3369. To place an online condolence or tribute, please visit www.chavezfuneralhome.com.