Bill and John Fenton Scholarship
Athletics, schoolwork, and careers in medicine were high priorities for the Fenton brothers. A generous estate gift will help ensure their UI legacy lives on for many years by assisting students attending the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.
This scholarship fund was established through an estate gift from William R. “Bill” Fenton, a native of Iowa City. Bill graduated from City High School in 1950, having won first team all-state honors in football and basketball. He was also co-valedictorian of his City High class.
He attended The University of Iowa and received his undergraduate degree in 1954 and his M.D. in 1959. While at Iowa, Bill pursued his football career and was twice named most valuable player and was an academic All-American. He lettered in football in 1951, 1952, and 1953, and also served as team captain in 1953. While a student, he was involved in several student organizations, including Alpha Kappa Alpha, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Beta Kappa, and Phi Eta Sigma.
After graduation, Bill served five years in the U.S. Air Force and spent 27 years as an emergency room physician at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Santa Clara, California.
In 1980 he pledged generous gifts to the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, the Hawkeye Arena/Recreation Campaign, and other areas. He became a member of The Presidents Club, the University of Iowa’s highest honor club for its most generous contributors.
Though he spent his career far away from Iowa City, Bill’s heart was always close to the community, City High, and the University of Iowa. He died of cancer on September 29, 1999, and was survived by his wife, Janice, three nephews, and three stepdaughters.
Bill’s brother, John C. Fenton, graduated from City High in 1949 and received two degrees from the UI, his undergraduate degree in 1953 and his M.D. in 1956 (with the highest grade point average on record at that time). He played football, basketball, and baseball at City High, and earned a freshman letter in basketball at the UI. After a successful career as a cardiologist in Cincinnati, Ohio, John died of leukemia on October 25, 1980. At the time of
his death, he left behind his wife, Nancy, and four sons, ages 10 to 15.
The Fenton brothers gave their all in everything they did, and their commitment to quality is reflected in this scholarship.
Congratulations on receiving the Bill and John Fenton Scholarship