In memoriam: Stuart W. Fenton

Stuart W. Fenton, retired professor of chemistry and former department head, died Feb. 4, 2006. He was 83 and a resident of North Oaks, Minn.

Fenton was born April 29, 1922, in London, Ontario, Canada. From 1942 to 1945 he worked as a wartime fuel technologist for the Dominion of Canada and also studied chemistry at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where he received a bachelor of science in 1945 and a master’s degree the following year. He was a research officer for Canada’s National Research Council from 1945 to 1946.

In 1950 Fenton received a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and in 1951 joined the University of Minnesota faculty as a professor of organic chemistry. He served as chair of the chemistry department from 1960 to 1968, and retired in 1986.

An avid fisherman, Fenton also loved skiing, travel, reading, and photography.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Salisbury, his brother Gerald Fenton, and many nieces and nephews.