Fenton Passes Away
and Novelties Magazine
Frank M. Fenton, historian, past president and past chairman of
the board of the Fenton Art Glass Company, passed away last
Born in 1915, Fenton graduated from Marietta College in 1936.
Along with his brother Bill, Fenton assumed leadership positions
at Fenton when their father died in 1948. For almost 40 years, the
organization grew from a modest business to a company known
worldwide for its innovative products. Most recently filling the
role of Fenton Art Glass historian, Fenton was last seen publicly
in May, 2005, with West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin at a
celebration for the company’s 100th anniversary.
Active in various community organizations, including 36 years as a
Marietta College trustee, Fenton, along with Bill, established the
Fenton Foundation to support local community needs. He also
donated $25,000 and five acres of land to the town of Williamstown
for a park.
Fenton was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth and brother
Bill. He is survived by his sons Frank, Tom, Mike and George and
many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.