Founder's Day Tree Planting to Honor Mark Fletcher

March 11, 2010 — The annual Founder's Day tree planting at the University of Virginia will honor Mark E. Fletcher, associate director of athletics and executive director of Intramural/Recreational Sports, who died June 8.

The ceremony is scheduled for April 13 at 2 p.m. on the south end of the Lawn in front of Cocke Hall.

Fletcher is remembered as an extraordinary leader and member of the University community who built one of the nation's top intramural and recreational sports programs. He died at age 57 after returning from his morning run.

He came to U.Va. from the University of Denver, where he served as assistant director of athletics and recreation from 1981 to 1985, after serving for two years there as director of campus recreation. Before that, he was with the office of Campus Recreation at the University of Utah as the coordinator of intramural sports.

At U.Va., he chaired the Safety and Security Committee and served on the Facilities Management Advisory Board, Arboretum and Landscape Committee, Reunions Weekend Committee, Graduation Committee and the Parking and Transportation Committee.

Under Fletcher's watch, the University added a number of new recreation facilities, including the Aquatic & Fitness Center. The center's gymnasium now bears his name.

His wife, Gina, and other family members are expected to attend the tree planting.
The public is invited, especially anyone whose life was touched in some way by Fletcher.

Parking will be available in the Culbreth Road parking garage. For information, contact Stacy Smith at 434-982-2392 or

— By Marian Anderfuren