Obituary: Dr. Michael T. Foley, Alumnus and Former Trustee

December 13, 2013

Alumnus and former university trustee Dr. Michael T. Foley, 63, of Arlington, died Dec. 11 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Foley was the first alumni representative from the Worcester campus elected to the Board of Trustees after the governing panel was expanded to 19 members in 1988. During his 15 years on the board, he served on the executive, university relations and development, and athletic committees. He also was executive vice president of the University of Massachusetts Foundation’s board of governors.

He grew up in Arlington, where he graduated from Arlington Catholic High School before enrolling at UMass Amherst, where he earned a B.S. in zoology in 1972. He was awarded his M.D. in 1976 by the UMass Medical School.

For more than 30 years, Foley was a physician at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, the hospital where he was born. He was appointed chief medical resident in 1978. He was a clinical fellow in gastroenterology there while serving as a research fellow at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Boston, and later became president of the medical staff at St. Elizabeth’s.

Along with his private practice in Arlington, Foley formerly led the medical staffs at Symmes Hospital in Arlington and the Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea. He also had been chief of the medical staff and program director for gastroenterology at Kindred Hospital Boston in Brighton.

He also was a clinical instructor and later an assistant professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.

For nearly 25 years, Foley was also the physician-in-attendance at Fenway Park, attending to a range of medical emergencies experienced by fans as well as players.

In 2009, he was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award from the UMass Amherst Alumni Association and he was a founding member of the University of Massachusetts Club in Boston.

He leaves his wife Ann, two sons, Michael of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Patrick of Boston; a daughter, Elizabeth of Arlington; a brother and three sisters.

Memorial donations may be made to UMass Boston Advancement, c/o Dr. and Mrs. Michael T. Foley Scholarship Fund, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston 02125.