MADISON R.B. Foster is an institution around Boone Memorial Hospital. The well-known expert on county history has been a member of BMHs board of directors for twenty-years and two weeks, and at this time, he feels like now is the time to slow down just a little. When he retires on December 31, 2010, Foster wants everyone to be aware that he isnt quitting. He said Ive only missed just three meetings the entire time Ive been on this board. He remembers the date of each missed meeting and the reason for his absence. Last week, the Boone County Commission accepted his resignation letter with great regret. Commissioner Mickey Brown told Foster that you have probably visited the hospital more than all Boone County preachers put together. Foster was on the board for the beginning of BMHs plan to vastly remodel the 46-year old hospital, and preparations to turn Boone Countys premier health care institution into a non-profit hospital, making it much easier to raise funds to renovate BMH. Board members are currently hard at work to prepare the necessary legal paperwork to become a non-profit entity, a move that Foster supported whole-heartedly. For Foster, being a member of the hospital board has helped me so much. He addded, but now, I have to slow down just a little. In the wake of Fosters retirement on New Years Eve, the replacement for him will be another well-known Boone County resident. Tommy Bias, a minister and teacher in the Boone County Schools has been appointed to fill his post.