Auburn Icon dies at 93

Dean Foy during Auburn's Sesquicentennial (Courtesy: Auburn University)
Dean Foy during Auburn's Sesquicentennial (Courtesy: Auburn University)

By Katherine Kington - email

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Auburn University has James Edgar Foy written all over it; it's on a building, a help desk, and some say it's on a student's smile and the campus's pride.

Foy came to Auburn University in 1950.

"Without Dean Foy and what he did for Auburn, we could have been not....if you looked around campus I think you would see a different picture than what you see today," Said Kurt Sasser, President of Auburn's Student Government Association.

Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Ainsley Carry, says of Foy, "He embodies the spirit of Auburn. The friendliness of this community, the family feel of this community and even just the given nature of this community."

Sasser, says he wishes he could have been able to spend more time with Foy, to finally put a face to what many say is Auburn University's icon and spirit of the 21st century, "Even though I didn't have that one on one relationship like previous SGA presidents had the privilege of doing that it's still very special because you're able to see the accomplishments that he brought to this campus."

As a University of Alabama Alumni, Foy created a relationship between Auburn and Alabama student leaders that still remains today.

Foy is credited in creating more services and organizations for Auburn students to become involved in.  He also helped Auburn transition through tough times - Vietnam, The Women's Equality movement and racial integration. "That's the kind of lasting impression he gave, he cared for every single student no matter what you're problem was." Said Sasser

"Everything we value here in Auburn, the family, giving, camaraderie, friendship, hard work these are the things that when you look at Dean Foy you think of him as one of the original Auburn men. Said Carry.

Visitations will be held Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Auburn United Methodist Church's Founders Chapel. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 11 a.m at Auburn United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Eufaula at 3 p.m.

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