July 22, 2008 — Dr. Eugene Abram Foster, 81, died July 21 at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Foster joined the University of Virginia Pathology Department in 1959 and worked there for 17 years. In 1976 he went to the Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston, until retirin24/g and returning to Charlottesville in 1990.
In his retirement, Foster conducted an important study of the DNA of descendants of Sally Hemings, a slave at Monticello, and the Jefferson family, which linked the Jefferson male chromosome to some of the Hemings descendants.
See "UVA NewsMakers" segment featuring Foster on the Research Channel.
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Dr. Eugene Foster, the retired pathologist who orchestrated the DNA testing that showed that Thomas Jefferson fathered at least one of the slave Sally Hemings' children, died Monday at the University of Virginia Medical Center...
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