FoleyPlease remember in your prayers Robert L. Foley ’39. He died May 1 at the age of 97.

Foley attended St. Thomas in the 1930s before enlisting in the Army Air Corps prior to the United States entering World War II. He trained as a pilot in Lincoln, Nebraska, and became the youngest major in the Army Air Corps at 23.

He eventually was promoted to lieutenant colonel and after a career in the Air Force retired the commander of the Air Force Reserve in Wichita, Kansas.

In 1989 he, along with his son┬áDr. James D. Foley ’65, received the St. Thomas Humanitarian of the Year award for his volunteer service to the poor in Honduras, East Africa and Guatemala. He also was also awarded an honorary liberal arts degree.

Several members of his family attended St. Thomas including son James Foley ’65, brothers John Foley ’39, Daniel Foley ’43, Eugene Foley ’52 and Patrick Foley ’53, and great-niece Talia Beck ’96.

Read his obituary online.

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