Dale Pennell Fosnight
Inducted - 1997
Major Contributions to the Ravenna School District
Shortly after graduating from Ravenna High School in 1941, Dale Fosnight entered the military service and served during World War II as a combat infantryman with the 78th Division in Europe. He participated in several major battles, which included the crossing of the Rhine River into the heart of Germany. He received the Bronze Star for operational conduct against the enemy. After military service, Dale attended Kent State University and graduated with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. He then married Eleanor in 1950. They have five children and ten grandchildren. He served as President of the Ravenna Board of Education, cofounder of the Ravenna United Fund, cofounder, first President and later chairperson of the United Way of Portage County, co-chairperson of the committee that facilitated the purchase of Lake Hodgson for the Ravenna water supply, member of the organizing committee for the Ravenna Boys Club (now the Boys & Girls Club), Vice President for Portage County of the Akron Regional Development Board and Director of the First National Bank of Ravenna. He has been, and continues to be, a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Ravenna Kiwanis Club. He is a member of the Portage County Historical Society and the Ravenna Heritage Association and is currently a trustee for both organizations. Professionally, Dale has been employed since 1946 by the Chamberlin Engineering Corporation, U.S. Stoneware Company, Norton Company and Colonial Rubber Company, which are related, as successor or affiliated companies.