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Frank M. Fenton, Class of 1936

Businessman, Loyal Alumnus

Frank Fenton

Frank M. Fenton was born in Williamstown, WV, on December 1, 1915, the son of Frank L. Fenton, founder of Fenton Art Glass. After graduation from Marietta College in 1936, he joined the family company, holding the position of president from 1948 to 1978. It was under his guidance that Fenton Art Glass became nationally recognized. Fenton has also served as the company’s design director, chairman of the board and historian. Known for his extensive knowledge of American glass, Fenton was responsible for establishing the Fenton Art Glass Museum.

While a student at Marietta College, Fenton was a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity, Glee Club, and Gold Key. He participated in crew and was a member of the Ohio Conference championship basketball team in 1936. In 1954 he was named Marietta College Trustee and served as Board president from 1966 until 1975.

Fenton has been the recipient of many honors, including the Marietta Jaycees' Young Man of the Year award in 1950, an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Marietta College in 1979, and Rotary's Paul Harris Fellow award for service to the community, church, Marietta College and promotion of the arts in 1996.