GLENS FALLS — Leonard Fosbrook, a seminal figure in development of EDC Warren County, died recently at the age of 72.
Fosbrook, who served as president of EDC Warren County from 2001 through 2010, died Feb. 27 at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Fosbrook was a native of Glens Falls. He was medical equipment salesman for what eventually became C.R. Bard. He then went to work for NAMIC, which manufactured disposable diagnostic devices.
Later, he owned a waste company and worked as a management consultant.
EDC President Edward Bartholomew called Fosbrook a friend and valued colleague who was instrumental in building up the EDC from its origination in the early 2000s into a regional economic development agency.
Among the initiatives that Fosbrook contributed to were the project to connect the North Creek Ski Bowl to Gore Mountain Ski Resort, improvements to Warren County airport and the development of the Queensbury Business Park, according to Bartholomew.
“Because of his prior experience in the medical device industry, he was also an early proponent of the region’s connection to technology development within the Capital Region,” Bartholomew said in an email.
Glens Falls Ward 1 Supervisor Jack Diamond, who was city councilor and mayor during Fosbrook’s tenure, praised Fosbrook’s leadership.
“He always was very positive. He spoke very well of Glens Falls. He worked diligently to bring economic development to our region,” he said.
Among the items that Fosbrook worked on was a joint sewer agreement with Queensbury and Glens Falls, and recruiting retail businesses to downtown, according to Diamond.
Fosbrook was reserved, but personable and focused on bringing economic development to Warren County and the city, Diamond added.
Calling hours for Fosbrook will take place on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Singleton Sullivan Potter Funeral Home at 407 Bay Road in Queensbury. A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church at 400 Glen St. in Glens Falls.