Son of Fenton's
founder, longtime president dies
Wednesday August 10, 2005
By The Associated Press
Daily Mail, Charleston, WV
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Frank M. Fenton, the longtime president of Fenton
Art Glass and son of its founder, has died. He was 89.
Fenton died Tuesday afternoon.
Fenton, the fifth child and first son of Frank L. Fenton, was born
Dec. 1 1915. He attended grade school in Williamstown, but crossed
over the Ohio River to Marietta, Ohio, to attend high school. He
entered Marietta College in September 1932 and graduated with a
bachelor of arts degree in 1936.
He began working for the family company while in college.
He tried several times to get a summer job at the factory, but his
father turned him down, saying others needed the work more than he
Finally, he was given a position by his uncle.
For nearly four decades, Frank headed Fenton Art Glass along with
his brother Bill.
Fenton Art Glass is continuing a 100th anniversary celebration
throughout 2005 with special glass productions. The celebration
kicked off in Williamstown July 29, but Fenton was too ill to
attend. His most recent public appearance at the factory was when
Gov. Joe Manchin visited in May to help commemorate the company's
"He was a great leader and certainly provided a lot of support and
advice,'' said his son George Fenton, chief executive officer and
current president of Fenton Art Glass. "He was personally very
caring and, in business, very wise and very astute.''
A visitation is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m.
to noon Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at the church.