Longtime Marietta College Trustee, Frank Fenton,
Thursday, September 1, 2005
Frank M. Fenton, Marietta College graduate with the Class of 1936
and longtime College Trustee, died August 9. For nearly four
decades, Frank along with his brother, Bill, headed Fenton Art
Glass in Williamstown, WV. The organization grew from a modest
business to a company known worldwide.
Fenton held the position of president from 1948 to 1978. It was
under his guidance that Fenton Art Glass became nationally
recognized. He also served as the companyís design director, chair
of the board and historian. Known for his extensive knowledge of
American glass, he was responsible for establishing the Fenton Art
While a student at Marietta College, Fenton was a member of the
Delta Upsilon Fraternity, participated in crew and was a member of
the Ohio Conference championship basketball team in 1936. In 1954
he was named Marietta College Trustee. He served as Board
president from 1966 until 1975, leaving the Board after 36 years
of service in 1991.
Fenton was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from
his alma mater in 1979 and inducted into the College's Athletic
Hall of Fame a decade later. In October of 2000, he was inducted
into the MC Alumni Associationís Hall of Honor.