When Northeastern University outbid a Fenway community group and bought the St. Ann University Parish property on St. Stephen Street several years ago, Joyce Foster and other members of the group were disappointed.
But she worked to ensure the sale would have a positive outcome for her Fenway neighborhood by helping persuade the university to use the new space to benefit the community, too. Today, the former church is Northeastern’s Fenway Center, a venue open to all.
Because the history of the center captures her spirit of optimism and advocacy, friends and family chose it for a gathering to celebrate her activism.
Ms. Foster, former education and training director for the state Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance, died Aug. 10. She was 84. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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