Fountain Restoration Project

Honoring a man who fought tirelessly in the name of integrity and hard work.

Fountain Restoration Project A Project of Special Projects

A Tribute to COL Duane Fender...

COL Arthur Duane Fender spent over 35 years of his life at Fork Union Military Academy, beginning as a cadet and finishing as Commandant of the Corps of Cadets. He dedicated his heart and soul to the school, but most importantly to the cadets themselves. COL Fender thought of the cadets as part of his family, often saying, "I have two daughters and hundreds of sons."

To quote a FUMA cadet and member of the Senior Class of 2017,

"COL Fender was a greater man than words can describe, but I will attempt to convey his character to the best of my ability. COL Fender was simply a leader who inspired and enabled the corps and his coworkers to accomplish more than they could ever have imagined possible. More than a leader, however, COL Fender was a strong man of God. He ceaselessly represented the values of his faith through not only his words but his actions. In doing so, he exemplified moral values by setting an example of self-sacrifice and equal treatment and love. Furthermore, he was a man of honor, who fought tirelessly in the name of integrity and hard work. In his career, he inspired and encouraged young men every day and his legacy lives on through them. COL Fender will be missed dearly by all those who met him and his memory will serve as a tall order to any who attempt to fill his shoes in the coming generations of cadets."

Granting A Wish...

The Fork Union Fountain, located at the front of campus between the Wicker Science building and the Veterans Memorial, was built about 50 years ago with the help of the Class of 1967 as part of their senior gift. The fountain was once a beautiful addition to campus, but in recent years it has fallen into disrepair.

One of COL Fender's wishes for the school and the community was to have the fountain repaired and flowing again. As a tribute to COL Fender, the Class of 2017 and the Class of 1967 (who will be celebrating their 50th reunion this spring) would like to make that wish come true.

The Class of 2017, with the help of the Class of 1967 and friends like you, hopes to repair the fountain, creating a memorial that stands as a symbol of COL Fender's legacy on this beautiful campus and in this special community.


We're so excited to have reached our initial goal of $10,000! Even though we've reached our goal, raising even more will help with upkeep and future repairs. Let's keep it going!

$10,170 Raised
101% towards $10,000 Goal

Supported by 67 Donations:

  • George Q.
    I Gave $50
    From Class of 1967
  • Dameon H.
    I Gave $20
  • Sheri G.
    I Gave $100
    So proud of Duane Fender, his family and the great example he was for so many! Love Charles & Sheri
  • Silhouette
    I Gave $555
  • Eugene B.
    My brother from another mother.
  • Gary E.
    I Gave $500
    I gave $500. Great memories of my 5 years at FUMA. Class of 1967.
  • Silhouette
  • Will W.
    I Gave $50
  • Silhouette
    I Gave $100
    A wonderful tribute for a great leader and a great man. Forever missed, never forgotten.
  • Doug J.
    I Gave $500
  • James M.
    I Gave $1,000
  • Glenn S.
    I Gave $200
  • Richard J.
    I Gave $340
  • Ian F.
    I Gave $50
  • Silhouette
  • Kelly M.
    I Gave $50
    What a wonderful example of a leader for my son to learn by at FUMA....
  • Dora M.
    In honor of Col. Duane Fender
  • Silhouette
    I Gave $500
    A great friend, from a past Parent Chairman for three years
  • Silhouette
  • Van R.
    So many memories of this fountain. What a wonderful way to remember Duane for his love and commitment to FUMA.
  • Amy L.
    I Gave $100
    In honor of Col Fenders
  • Bryan R.
    I Gave $250
    We appreciate the support and mentorship Colonel Fender provided our son Jacob Wood, -- FUMA Class of 2017
  • Shannon L.
  • Melissa W.
    I Gave $100
    Maccall loved Col Fender. We appreciate the relationship and memories he shared with our son. Missy, Glenn, & Maccall Warner-- FUMA Class of 2017
  • Will L.
    I Gave $100
    Rest in Peace
  • Patrick M.
    We thank God and Col. Fenders for his service to our son and all the cadets.
  • Matthew C.
    I Gave $10
    Only wish I could give more, what a great way to remember a great man.
  • Linda R.
    I Gave $100
  • Linda R.
    I Gave $400
  • Susan M.
    I Gave $75
    Colonel Fender was a fine man who left us too soon. Will always be thankful for how he related to my son and reassured me as a mom.