IBIA Mourns the Passing of Martin B. Foil, Jr.

 

 

Martin B. Foil, Jr.
February 28, 1933 - July 30, 2018

The International Brain Injury Association (IBIA) morns the passing of Martin Boger Foil Jr, an internationally known champion of persons with traumatic brain injury.  Recognizing the need for a global approach to advance brain injury research and treatment, in 1993 Martin played an instrumental role in the creation of IBIA following a planning meeting held at Oxford University.   His efforts contributed to the launch of World Congress on Brain Injury, the first of which was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1995, and continue to this day.

A native of Concord, North Carolina, Martin passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family, on Monday, July 30, 2018. Born February 28, 1933, Martin was the son of the late Martin Boger Foil and Jean Vardell Martin Foil. He was preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife, Carolyn "Puddin" Van Every Foil; son, Philip Lance Van Every Foil; and sister, Jane Foil Taylor. 

Martin was a graduate of Davidson College (1955) and North Carolina State University (1959), earning degrees in business administration and textile science. During this period, he served as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Martin had many talents and his accomplishments were great. He dearly loved his mill, Tuscarora Yarns, and was considered by many in the textile and apparel industries to be the most talented designer of specialty yarns in the country. He was philanthropically minded and served on numerous charitable and civic boards, including the United Way of the Carolinas, Cabarrus County Boys' and Girls' Club, Cabarrus Cooperative Christian Ministry, Presbyterian Healthcare, Hospice of Cabarrus County, Board of Visitors Davidson College, Board of Visitors University of North Carolina Charlotte, and the American Association of Health and Disabilities. He was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church in Concord, where he served in various church leadership roles and as a Sunday school teacher. 

Martin dedicated his life to national and international brain injury awareness and advocacy after his son, Phil, was injured in 1984. He worked tirelessly with organizations such as Brain Injury Association of North Carolina, Brain Injury Association of America, International Brain Injury Association and National Brain Injury Research Treatment and Training Foundation. Martin was frequently called upon to testify in Congress to share his expertise on behalf of traumatic brain injury survivors. With his wife Puddin, Martin co-founded Hinds' Feet Farm, one of the largest providers of brain injury services in the state. 

Martin loved to socialize, enjoyed telling stories, as well as a good joke, and learning about others. He always carried a song in his heart; local restaurant goers were frequently treated to his impromptu concerts. He loved the game of golf, was a formidable golfer in his younger years and was a member of the Davidson College golf team. He played several great courses over the years, but Pebble Beach was his favorite. Martin was an avid reader, movie goer and loved watching the Golf Channel. He loved theatre and was fondly known around town as Daddy Warbucks, a role he played twice in Old Courthouse Theater productions of "Annie." 

Martin is survived by three children: Quincy Foil White (Mike), Marty Foil (Lisa) and Mary Foil (Paul); and five grandchildren, Carolyn, HL, and Will Ruth; and Sydney and Avery Foil. He is also survived by two brothers-in-law, William H. Taylor (Blowing Rock) and Thomas W. Glenn (Charlotte), along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. 

A private graveside service will be held at Oakwood Cemetery on Saturday, August 4, 2018. Following the service, the family will receive friends at 2 pm at Wilkinson Funeral Home in Concord. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift to Hinds' Feet Farm - PO Box 2842 - Huntersville, N.C. (www.hindsfeetfarm.org). 

On-line condolences may be left at www.wilkinsonfuneralhome.com