Mark Biscoe Tribute: A Fenn Legend

        If the true measure of a man is in the lives he touched, Mark Wyman Biscoe Sr. stood tall. Over the thirty-seven years Mark spent at Fenn teaching, coaching, and advising until his retirement in 1995, and through the twenty-five years after that until his passing at 84 last December in Maine, Mark’s loyalty to the school he loved never faltered.  

Mark and his beloved wife, Jane, raised three children on campus, two of them Fenn graduates: Mark (Marcus) Jr. ’74 and Andrew ’79.

In the classroom, on the field, and in the dorm, Mark was principled, consistent, and wise, with an abiding humility, epitomizing the values that Fenn strives to instill in its boys. Joe Williams ’81, headmaster of the New Hampton School, says Mark “taught me about poise, leadership, and the importance of being a good listener. He was the singular force in my life that made me a better man.”

Mark was “the ultimate role model” to his teaching colleagues, says Kirsten Gould, setting an example of the importance of being prepared, consistent, and empathetic. Considered to be “the father of Fenn basketball,” Mark led his varsity team to 274 wins and four tournament championships while insisting on team play and good sportsmanship.

Mark’s legacy at Fenn is indelible. He was made an honorary member of the Class of 1995, and the Mark Biscoe Award was created that same year. “Mark was a Fenn legend,” declares Headmaster Derek Boonisar. “And his legacy will live on.”

The Alumni Association will be honoring Mark at Homecoming and Reunion in the fall. If you’re interested in learning more about or lending support to the event, please contact Director of Advancement Jill Miller at

Read the full tribute to Mark in the Spring 2021 issue of FENN.


Contributed by Laurie O'Neill



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