originator, creator, progenitor, author, framer, father, architect, designer, builder, initiator, establisher, institutor:
Today we honour the founder of this great university.
1 sink, go down or under, go to Davy Jones's locker, be wrecked or destroyed:
Many a proud vessel has foundered on this rock.
2 fail, miscarry, collapse, come to nothing or naught, fall through, abort, falter, break down, come to grief, die:
After Alice left to get married, the business foundered.
3 trip, stumble, stagger, lurch, fall, topple (over or down), collapse; go lame:
He drove the horse too hard and caused it to founder.