- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 6, 2016

WHITEFISH, Mont. (AP) - Eugene Foley, a Whitefish resident with a long history in federal public service who worked to expand small business and ensure racial equality, has died. He was 87.

Foley died Dec. 30 of natural causes at a care center, his son Paul Foley told The Associated Press.

Foley, a Minnesota native, served as campaign manager and policy adviser to U.S. Sen. and Vice President Hubert Humphrey. He also worked for President John F. Kennedy, who promoted him to national administrator of the Small Business Administration in 1963.

President Lyndon B. Johnson lauded Foley in 1965 for increasing the efficiency of the SBA by reducing costs while increasing the number of jobs created. The administration also gave out a record number of loans.

Under Foley’s leadership, the SBA formed the Service Corps of Retired Professionals and the Equal Opportunity Loan program, which helped ensure African-Americans had equal access to small business loans

“I think he was very proud of those things that he did in the government, but he was more than that,” Paul Foley told the Daily Inter Lake (https://bit.ly/1VHdnAS). “He loved life. He loved philosophy, poetry, science. He wrote a bunch of plays in his 70s. He wrote a play on Darwin and the Pope and Stalin.”

Foley moved to Whitefish four years ago to be close to family.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Dillon Foley of Somers, daughter Margaret Foley of Whitefish, son Bob Foley of Somers, son Paul Foley of Marion, Massachusetts, and daughter Annie Foley of Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts.

A memorial will be held in Wabasha, Minnesota, on April 30.


Information from: Daily Inter Lake, https://www.dailyinterlake.com

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