Remembering Autherine Lucy Foster

  • March 2nd, 2022

Updated March 25 and 28 to include memorial service videos. Updated March 22 to include link to tribute webpage. Updated March 8 to include memorial service information.

Text that reads In Loving Memory Dr. Autherine Lucy Foster 1929-2022

“The UA community is deeply saddened by the passing of our friend, Dr. Autherine Lucy Foster. While we mourn the loss of a legend who embodied love, integrity and a spirit of determination, we are comforted by knowing her legacy will continue at The University of Alabama and beyond. We were privileged to dedicate Autherine Lucy Hall in her honor just last week and to hear her words of encouragement for our students. Dr. Foster will always be remembered as one who broke barriers, reminded us of the respect due to every individual and lived a life of strength in steadfast service to her students and community.”

-Dr. Stuart R. Bell, President

Tributes & Reflections

Read tributes to Dr. Foster’s memory and submit your own personal reflections.


Memorial Service

The community gathered to honor Dr. Foster’s life and legacy at a memorial service on March 24, 2022, in Foster Auditorium. View the recording of the memorial service in its entirety.

A Look Back on Dr. Foster’s Legacy at UA

Memorial Service, March 2022

UA Dedicates Autherine Lucy Hall, February 2022

Tributes from Attendees of the Autherine Lucy Hall Dedication Ceremony, February 2022

From the Archives

Autherine Lucy Foster Receives Honorary UA Doctorate, May 2019

Historic Marker Honors Civil Rights Hero, September 2017

Dedication of Malone-Hood Plaza and Autherine Lucy Clock Tower, November 2010

50th Anniversary of Autherine Lucy Foster’s Enrollment, February 2006


The Story of Autherine Lucy Foster

Photo Gallery


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