David Foster (Royal Navy officer)

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David Ramsey Foster
Born David Ramsey Foster
(1920-05-24)24 May 1920
London, England
Died 4 June 2010(2010-06-04) (aged 90)
Occupation Business Executive
Spouse(s) Glynis Johns
Anne Firth
Alexandra Chang

David Ramsey Foster, DSO, DSC and bar (24 May 1920 – 4 June 2010[1]) was a decorated pilot in the British Royal Navy during World War II and a business executive.


By the time World War II came to an end Lieutenant-Commander David Foster had served in both the Western Desert and the Pacific theatres, and had received both the DSO and DSC and Bar.

Foster joined Colgate-Palmolive after the war. He rose to become president in 1970 and chairman in 1975.

Personal life[edit]

Foster had American parents and was born in London on 24 May 1920. He was educated at Stowe and Gonville and Caius, Cambridge.

He had three wives, Glynis Johns, the actress, Anne Firth, and Alexandra Chang. He had two daughters with his second wife.


  1. ^ Obituary