October 18th, 2013
Former Johnson & Johnson Corporate Vice President of Public Relations, Lawrence G. Foster, Dies at 88
The following is a personal email from Alex Gorsky, Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson, sent to employees earlier today regarding the passing of Lawrence G. Foster, former Johnson & Johnson Vice President of Public Relations.
It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of former Johnson & Johnson Corporate Vice President of Public Relations, Lawrence G. Foster. Larry, who is perhaps best known for guiding the company’s now famous response to the Tylenol® crises of 1982 and 1986, died yesterday at the age of 88.
Many former colleagues and friends of Larry have reached out to reflect on his significant contributions to Johnson & Johnson during his 33 years at the Company, as well as his many accomplishments and philanthropic efforts that continued after his retirement in 1990. Ralph Larsen, former Johnson & Johnson Chairman and CEO (1989-2001), said, “Larry Foster was a man of integrity and extraordinarily good judgment. He played a vital role during his lifetime career at Johnson & Johnson.”
Earlier today, the Foster family issued the following obituary announcement that pays fitting tribute to Larry’s remarkable career, service in the community, and contributions to the communication profession. As we reflect on his passing today, we will best honor his important legacy by finding our own ways to manage with purpose and integrity and meet the responsibilities outlined in Our Credo.