"He was one of the engineers," said his wife. "He was over 50, so it wasn't easy. He went back to school and became a pharmacist."
Equipped with a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy, Mr. Foldes landed a job with the Rite Aid drugstore chain. He worked first at pharmacies in Media, Northeast Philadelphia, and Quakertown until retiring from Rite Aid at age 65, and then for other companies. He stopped working at 77.
Born in Czechoslovakia, Mr. Foldes was raised and educated there. He was a champion swimmer, specializing in the butterfly stroke. When World War II broke out in 1939 and the Nazis occupied Czechoslovakia, he was in Great Britain for an international swim meet. The meet was called off. Fearing conscription into the German Army, he didn't go home.
Mr. Foldes enlisted in the British Army instead. After his military service, the British paid for him to go to Cambridge University, where he earned a master's degree in metallurgy. He worked for about a decade in Great Britain, then moved to the United States, where salaries in his field were higher.
He and his future wife met when she was a physical therapist in Reading; he had gone for treatment of back pain.
While they were dating, he sent her a clipping about a woman who became beautiful when she had a makeover with new makeup, hairdo, and clothing.
"There's still hope for you," he wrote. Luckily, she thought the comment was funny.
They were married in 1955 and celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary in July.
In 1972, he used his training in metallurgy to help victims of Hurricane Agnes and its aftermath. In his leisure time, he enjoyed traveling, swimming, and playing golf.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons Timothy and Terence Sr.; four grandchildren; and a sister.
At his request, there was no funeral.