Herman Foster Corbin

herman corbin

June 23, 1941 ~ February 16, 2018

Born in: Morristown, TN
Resided in: East Point, GA

Foster Corbin, formerly of Morristown, Tennessee, died February 16, 2018. He was born June 23, 1941, the son of Frank and Virginia McCoy Corbin and twin brother of Frankie Corbin.

From earliest childhood, Foster was known for his intellect and talent. He was never afraid to try something new, and he re-invented himself many times over the course of his life.

He spent most of his career defending the rights of others through his work at Metro Fair Housing Services (Atlanta), an agency that fights against discrimination in housing and lending practices. He became the executive director in 1997, a position he held until his retirement in 2011. Foster invested his life in people. He was dedicated to social justice and civil rights and was a champion for the poor and disenfranchised.

Foster had a passion for the arts. He had an eclectic taste in music and was equally at home in a bluegrass show or a classical concert. His eye for photography distinguished him as a true artist. He was an excellent storyteller, with a sharp wit and an affinity for sarcasm. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family.

Foster is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, and his niece, Amie Corbin Jessie. He is survived by sister-in-law, Edie Corbin, nieces Lisa Williamson, Jane (Mark) Williams, and Cyndi Bryant; nephew, Jason Jessie and great-nephews Ian Jessie, Ben, Daniel and Andrew Williams, Jackson and Cooper Bryant; great niece Sarah Bryant, as well as a multitude of friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 on March 17th at A.S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home in Decatur, Georgia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Making the Grade, an Atlanta-based non-profit that provides financial aid, medical care, education, and housing to Ethiopian children. Donations may be made online at makingthegrade.info or by mail, PO Box 190346 Atlanta, GA 31119–0346. Please designate donations as “Foster’s Legacy.”

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  1. Mr. Robert E. Van Keuren Jr says:

    Foster was my dear friend for 35 years.

  2. Philip Obrecht says:

    I knew Foster for at least 35 years meeting him through my friend Ed Lieberman. After moving from Miami I met Ed and he introduced me to Foster. They had a working relationship for a number of years as court reporters. Foster had a great sense of humor, often a bit acid but well meant and very funny. We attended many parties with friends, some of who are no longer around. He made probably hundreds of cheese cakes for special affairs. I do miss him and wish him the best in this new chapter of life. Regards, Phil Obrecht, Decatur

  3. Jean Van Keuren Lindsey says:

    One of my favorite people of all time. Despite being grateful for the years of friendship we had I am currently suffering a great sense of loss.
    Jean Van Keuren Lindsey

  4. Deborah Blanton says:

    Sharp-witted, yet sweet and caring…he is one of my oldest friends and I will miss him dearly.

  5. Michael Palmer says:

    Foster Corbin was a very dear friend. I am stunned at his sudden passing and will miss him very much.
    TO his other friends I extend a shared feeling of loss, but will take hope in the many wonderful memories
    of muy time with Foster.

    Mike Palmr

  6. Carl and Mary Stimmel says:

    It was our pleasure to know Foster. His kindness and bright intellect, and his ready wit, were all unforgettable. Foster was a fine man and a good friend.

  7. Emma Newsome says:

    Foster was a special person, always dedicated, smart and charming. We worked together for many years in the housing field. I will miss him dearly.

    • Linda Connelly says:

      Hi Emma,

      Just wanted to say hello. I just read the said news about Foster. I was trying to reach out to him because my Christmas card just returned. Now I know why. I am so sad… I can’t believe two years past since I last talked to him… Anyway, I hope you are doing well. Best to you!

  8. Kasa L Cotugno says:

    This is such sad news. I met Foster through amazon, of all places. I wrote him at least 10 years ago because we both admired an author, Janette Turner Hospital, and we corresponded frequently, meeting up when he’d visit San Francisco.

  9. Joe Anderson says:

    When I first met Foster, some 20 odd years ago, I thought he was that guy from Father Knows Best – tall, lanky, always in a coat & tie, soft spoken, affable but stern. Then, off screen, he wore jeans, a plaid shirt, loafers and had the air of a Tennessee country boy. The man introduced me to Bluegrass, early Dolly Parton and pig callin’. Well maybe not the pig callin’. But most important, Foster was my mentor and friend. He got me involved in Fair Housing issues and the need to support the most vulnerable in our land. We did not always agree but we did agree to listen. I will miss him. Foster, a piece of my heart goes with you. Joe Anderson
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  10. Donald Baxter, Iowa City IA says:

    I’m late to the game here, but I just found out of Foster’s passing. Foster was an important influence on me as a young man and I doubt I really knew how important his views on life and culture would mean to me later. We corresponded a few times after I moved away from my hometown of Atlanta to Iowa City and then I started reading his reviews on Amazon. Foster did important work for Civil Rights and he was a real warrior for equal justice. He was one of a kind and I wish i had stayed closer to him as I myself aged toward my 60s. Thank you for being where you were and making time for me.

  11. ELLEN dAY says:

    I have actually been trying to find him and now I know where he is. He and Ed Lieberman actually walked into my office many years ago and they instantly became my court reporters. We had many phone conversations in the past years and were trying to make a date for lunch. He was charming, intellectual and a very good friend of mine. He came to my daughter’s wedding and took wonderful pictures as a favor to us. Some of his pictures were better than the professional photographer. I am very sad right now and did not know of his passing.

  12. linda connelly says:

    Oh no. I can’t believe this notice! No wonder my Christmas Card returned. I am so said that he past almost two years ago!!!! 2018 was a difficult year so I lost touch with some but didn’t realize that some I would never see again. He was such a wonderful, charming, warm person as we all can attest to. I cherish a picture I purchased from him during a fund raiser and think of him often. We worked together over the years when he was at Metro Fair Housing and I was at FHEO and kept in touch after we both retired. I now weep for him but I’m sure he is in a wonderful place.

  13. Rene Lanier says:

    December 15, 2023
    Remembering Foster Corbin who was best man at my wedding in 1968.
    Rene Parks Lanier Jr.

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