King’s President Announces Fountain Family Gift to College

King's President Announces Fountain Family Gift to College

The University of King’s College is pleased to announce that Fred and Elizabeth Fountain have generously donated $600,000.00 to the University.

This gift is in memory of their son, Alex, who entered King’s in the fall of 2006, passed away tragically in the summer of 2009, and graduated posthumously in the spring of 2010.
Alex loved music, writing and people and was an active member of the King’s Community. With his interests in mind, Fred and Elizabeth have decided to divide their gift to maximize its impact on student life.

An endowment of $400,000.00 will provide for the Alex Fountain Memorial Lecture at King’s every fall semester. Administered through the King’s Advancement Office, the lecturer will be proposed annually by the students. A short list created by the students will be prioritized by committee and the invitation will be extended to the speaker through the King’s Students’ Union. In order to ensure that the series begins in 2011, the Fountains have offered to jump-start their gift with an additional contribution.

In recognition of its importance as the College’s social hub, primary music venue and Day Students’ Lounge, the Fountains have directed the $200,000.00 balance of their gift to the HMCS King’s Wardroom. This portion of their support will assist with Wardroom renovations to enhance its capacity, safety and comfort.

“The College receives this gift with deep gratitude, and we look forward to celebrating Alex Fountain‘s legacy to King’s with Elizabeth and Fred,” says King’s President and Vice Chancellor William Barker. “In choosing to remember Alex in this way, Fred and Elizabeth Fountain have paid a tremendous compliment to all our students and have placed considerable trust with us. On behalf of the King’s community, I thank them.”

The inaugural Alex Fountain Memorial Lecture will be taking place at King’s this fall, with the first speaker to be announced early in the spring.

For more information, please contact Alison Lang at (902) 402-7171 or at alison.lang@ukings.ca.

Page Break