2017-10-11 / Front Page

Fahner Athletic Fields named in memory of former principal

Family members of the late Thomas Fahner gather near the athletic field at Kurn Hattin for a dedication in his memory.  — COURTESY PHOTOFamily members of the late Thomas Fahner gather near the athletic field at Kurn Hattin for a dedication in his memory. — COURTESY PHOTOWESTMINSTER — During the early morning of Sept. 16, the children, staff, family members, and friends of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children gathered down at the athletic field by the farm silos. They were there to celebrate the life and work of the late Thomas Fahner, for whom the field is named.

Fahner contributed much to the Homes. He served as principal and co-executive director during his tenure, and impacted the lives of countless children, according to a press release. For his dedication to children, the athletic fields at Kurn Hattin were named in his memory.

A large rock with a bronzed plate sits at the top of the hill where Fahner typically stood during sports and other activities on the fields.

The inscription reads:

“In loving memory of Thomas G. Fahner for his devotion to the children and staff at Kurn Hattin Homes from Aug. 1989-Jan. 2015

Tom, a father to many, believed every child deserves a childhood and spent his life in devoted service to “The Homes.” He gave tirelessly of himself cultivating and nurturing the untapped potential that lies within every child. His unwavering faith offered hope, guidance, and a belief in oneself to achieve the impossible. A man of heartfelt love, compassion, and humility who made this world a better place.”

The dedication ceremony was moving for all who knew Fahner. The Kurn Hattin choir sang his favorite song, "You Raise Me Up," and staff and alumni spoke to his memory. The ceremony was not only an opportunity to celebrate his life, but also a reminder of the important work that the Homes provides for children and their families, according to the school.

The Fahner Athletic Fields Dedication was live streamed on Facebook. To view, visit the Kurn Hattin Homes Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KurnHattin/.


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