Industry mourns Forespar founder

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Forespar founder Dr. Robert (Bob) Foresman died at his home Dec. 30 in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. He was 88.

Born in 1925 in Pasadena, Calif., Foresman was an orthodontist by profession and served in the Navy’s “V-12” program as an officer in the Navy Dental Corps in World War II and Korea.

Besides his family, Foresman’s first love was sailing and the ocean. He started sailing at a very young age, building a 10-foot sailboat, before moving on to ocean-going vessels.

His inventive nature led him to develop numerous products for his own sailboat. The desire to optimize his boat led him to establish Forespar Products Corp. in 1965. There he designed and marketed an array of products designed for sailing. His innovation and focus on quality products established Forespar as a recognized leader in the marine industry.

Foresman was involved in product development and came to work every day until late last year. His son, Scott, has been leading Forespar for the last five years.

Bob Foresman will be remembered as a pioneer and innovator in sailboat hardware. He is survived by his wife, Juin, and children: Scott Foresman, Guy Foresman and Gayl Foresman Beller, as well as eight grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bahia Sail Racing Association, which assures support for the next generation of amateur sailors.

Click here for Foresman’s obituary in the Orange County Register.