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04/26/15 - NNHS Newsletter - Vincent Foretich

Vincent Paul Foretich
(27 Aug 1914 - 23 Apr 2015)

Newport News High School Class of 1931

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  
   The sad news again continues today. 
  Vincent Foretich, Treasurer and last surviving member of the Class of 1931 passed away in Newport News on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the age of 100. 

      From Albert Dorner ('66) of VA - 04/26/15, 9:44 AM - "FYI":

Hey Carol,

Hope you are well. I don't know if you saw this, the last member of the class of 1931 passed away.

Peace, Al

  Thank you so much, Albert, I did see this. I read it and marveled over it in the few moments I had before leaving for church, but unfortunately didn't have time to address it until later.

From the Daily Press - 04/26/15:

  Vincent Paul Foretich


NEWPORT NEWS - NEWPORT NEWS - Vincent Paul Foretich was born on August 27th, 1914 to Rose Ellen O'Hagen and Francis (Frank) Joseph Foretich, Sr. in Newport News, Virginia and passed away on April 23rd, 2015. Mr. Foretich was the youngest of nine children and the last to pass away.

The Foretich family established a legacy that has served the city of Newport News to this day. His father, Frank Sr., left his native Austria at an early age and went to sea becoming a master carpenter and first mate on sailing ships. He was brought to Newport News by his brother-in -law Joseph Hagen. Mr. Hagen, an expert in shipbuilding, was brought over from Scotland by Colis Huntington, to help establish the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company. Mr. Hagen served on the first city council of Newport News.

All of the Foretich boys except Vincent, attended the Apprentice School of the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company. The oldest brother, Frank Jr., became one of the youngest chief warrant officers in the history of the United States Navy. His brother Edward became a foreman in the shipyard and was also elected to the Newport News City Council. His brother Jerome went to sea after his apprenticeship training and later established a retail business in Newport News. His brother, Joseph, played football for the Apprentice School and subsequently became an instructor at the school.





Mr. Foretich attended Saint Vincent's Boys School and graduated from Newport News High School in 1931. He was the class treasurer and the last remaining member of his class. He was solicited by the legendary coach Julie Cohn, who at that time was in his first year at Newport News High School, to be a member of his track team as a sprinter. At that time there was only eleven grades. Nevertheless, Vincent established track records, including the quarter mile, that lasted for several years as a Virginia state record.

He attended the University of Notre Dame, as one of two students from the state of Virginia, and majored in chemical engineering. While at Notre Dame he was asked by the captain of the football team, also a member of the track team, to consider competing for Notre Dame. He declined as he considered scholarship as his primary mission.

Continuing his study of chemistry, he attended graduate school at the College of William and Mary. He instructed courses related to the strength of materials for the University of Virginia. Later, he was sent to the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business, at the University of Virginia, by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company.

Mr. Foretich spent his professional career at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company. He was an acknowledged expert in steel construction. He became the Department Head of the Hull Design Unit and later was appointed Naval Architect and Chief Engineer for the shipbuilding company. Mr. Foretich also had a passion for classic residential architecture. He designed and sometimes built a number of notable homes on the peninsula. In his early twenties he designed and built the first shopping center in the city of Hampton.

Mr. Foretich is survived by his wife, Doris Rosalyn Folkes Foretich, to whom he had been married for nearly 76 years. He is also survived by his son Dr. Eric A. Foretich and daughter-in-law Mary, of Great Falls Virginia, and grandchildren Heather, Hilary, Anthony, Paul, and a number of nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his daughter, Doris Paula Foretich and son, Vincent Craig Foretich.

Mr. Foretich was a mild mannered Virginia gentleman who, to the last, would rise early and be properly attired in a suit. More importantly he was a quiet, humble man, faithful husband, and devoted father. He will be remembered always by his family and the many people whose lives he has enriched.

A visitation will take place on Monday, April 27, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home with a Rosary Prayer following.

The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, at Peninsula Funeral Home, with the burial to follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on April 26, 2015.
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April 26, 2015
We will miss you Uncle Vincent, because we love you so very much.

We will cherish all our family times with you, Aunt Doris, Eric and Craig. The Belote Family, Bob Joyce, Randy and Brenda

~ Aunt Doris, Eric and Craig. The Belote Family, Bob Joyce, Randy and Brenda

April 26, 2015

Granville Folkes and Doris Folkes will miss Vincent; they loved and admired him very much. Vincent set a good example to all who knew him.
~ Granville Folkes, Friendswood, Texas
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April 26, 2015

Uncle Vincent will be dearly missed; he is a special person who touched all who knew him. Granville, Doris and Melanie send our love to Doris, Eric and family.

~ Melanie Lopez, Friendswood, Texas
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April 27, 2015

Uncle Vincent was a special man and the epitome of a southern gentleman. The world seems a little less sweeter with his passing. I am honored to be counted as one of his nieces.

~ Robin McElveen, New Caney, Texas

April 27, 2015

Uncle Vincent (my great-great-uncle) was always such a neat guy. He will be greatly missed. Praying for those he left behind.

~ Melissa (Woodfin) Pierson, Savannah, Georgia
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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Mr. Foretich's family and friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

  O Sacred Head Now Wounded

Text: Anonymous; trans. by Paul Gerhardt and James W. Alexander
Music: Hans L. Hassler, 1564-1612; harm. by J.S. Bach, 1685-1750

1. O sacred Head, now wounded,
with grief and shame weighed down,
now scornfully surrounded
with thorns, thine only crown:
how pale thou art with anguish,
with sore abuse and scorn!
How does that visage languish
which once was bright as morn!

2. What thou, my Lord, has suffered
was all for sinners' gain;
mine, mine was the transgression,
but thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior!
'Tis I deserve thy place;
look on me with thy favor,
vouchsafe to me thy grace.

3. What language shall I borrow
to thank thee, dearest friend,
for this thy dying sorrow,
thy pity without end?
O make me thine forever;
and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
outlive my love for thee.

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