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He also received alumni awards from his other alma maters: the Alumni Honor Award from Eastern Michigan University in 1980 and the Medallion Award from Seattle Pacific University in 1982.
Tragically, Foster passed away in a small plane crash traveling to Rwanda in December of 1987.
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Andrew Foster was the first African-American to earn a Bachelor of Arts from Gallaudet University.
Foster trained teachers, taught students, advised government officials about the need for more schools for the deaf, and educated the public about the needs of Deaf Africans.
Due to Foster’s efforts Gallaudet welcomed their first generation of students from Foster schools in Africa.
His master’s degree was in Education and he earned a second master’s degree in Christian Mission from Seattle Pacific College in 1956… He established the Christina Mission for Deaf Americans, now known as the Christian Mission for the Deaf, in 1956 in Michigan. S., Canada, Mexico, Western Europe, and 25 African nations.
In remote villages, some deaf children were thought to be cursed by demons and were abandoned to be eaten by wild animals.
Shortly after opening the school, it was filled to capacity.