AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, April 8, 2002, at the V.A. Medical Center, Dr. Eloy Fominaya, husband of Nancy A. Fominaya of Kings Way, Augusta. Other family members include daughters, Deidra Bacco of Nashville, Tenn., Diana Hobbes of Denton, Texas, Antonia Ferguson of Nashville, Tenn.; step-daughters, Martha Clements of Chicago, Ill., Dorothy Williams of Greensboro, N.C., Amy Hennessy of Augusta, Jennifer Bannister of Augusta; and eleven grandchildren. Dr. Fominaya was born in New York City, but moved to Spain at a very early age with his family. By the age of three he returned to America with his family. As a child prodigy, he played the violin for Eleanor Roosevelt at the White House before the age of ten. By the age of 15, he played "Mendelssohns Violin Concerto in D" with the National Symphony in Washington, D.C. At age 17, Eloy Fominaya joined the U.S. Army to enter WWII. He was a member of the Fourth Infantry Division and became an artillary "spotter". He took part in the Battle of the Bulge and helped to liberate Dachua. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star and at one point found himself behind an enemy checkpoint sharing a ditch with Ernest Hemingway. After the war, Eloy Fominaya continued his study of music. He attended the Juilliard School of Music for three years before transferring to Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., where he received a bachelor of music degree in violin and music education in 1950. He received a masters degree from North Texas State University and a doctorate from Michigan State University. In 1966, Dr. Fominaya moved to Augusta to become the chair of the fine arts department at Augusta College, where he remained for 16 years. Dr. Fominaya was an associate conductor of the Augusta Symphony and played violin in the orchestra. He was musical director and conductor of the Augusta Chorale Society for 12 years. He was director of the Augusta Youth Orchestra from 1966 to 1994. He was also music director for Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church from 1967 to 1970. After a 33 year career at Augusta State University, where he taught violin, composition, contemporary harmony/humanities and counterpoint, Dr. Fominaya retired as a professor of music at age 70. A memorial service will be held Monday, April 15, 2002, at 7 in the evening at the Church of the Good Shepherd with Rev. Fr. Robert Fain celebrant. The family will receive friends, April 14, Sunday, evening from 7 to 9 at the home, 2231 Kings Way. Memorials may be made to the Church of the Good Shepherd, 2230 Walton Way, Augusta, Ga. 30904, or to the Eloy Fominaya Scholarship for the St. Joseph Art School, C/O Dr. Gerald Rankin, 4203 Lee Road, Vicksburg, MS. 39180. Rowland Funeral Home, North Augusta, S.C.
The Augusta Chronicle April 14, 2002