George Warren Fuller Award

George Warren Fuller Award

Recent Recipients


David Stejkal, Alabama-Missiissippi Section
Tom Wolf, Alaska Section
Thomas. M Galeziewski, Arizona Section
Greg Penny, Atlantic Canada Section
Steve Brubacher, British Columbia Section
Heather Collins, California-Nevada Section
Scott Rovanpera, California-nevada Section
Nicolle Bouolay, Chesapeake Section
John Hudak, Connecticut Section
Mark Lehigh, Florida Section
Glenn Page, Georgia Section
Joanna Seto, Hawaii Section
Ted Meckes, Illinois Section
Charlie Chapman, Indiana Section
Bryan Phinney, Intermountain Section
Dale Watson, Iowa Section
Dan Defore, Kansas Section
Dorothy Whitlock Rader, Kentucky-Tennesee Section
Daniel Salas Limon, Mexico Section
Clyde Dugan, Michigan Section
Uma Vempati, Minnesota Section
Raed Armouti, Missouri Section
TBD, Montana Section
Teresa Konda, Nebraska Section
Ronald von Autenried, New Jersey Section
Richard Gell, New York Section
Dr. James P. Malley Jr.,, NEWWA - A Section of AWWA
Jack Moyer, North Carolina Section
N/A, North Dakota Section
Ian Douglas, )WWA, A Section on AWWA
Jeff Swertfeger, Ohio Section
Bob Ward, Pacific Northwest Section
Chris Crockett, Pennsylvania Section
TBD, Puerto Rico Section
Marie-Claude Besner, Quebec Section
Melissa Elliot, Rock Mountain Section
Angela G. Mettlen, South Carolina Section
Joe Munson, South Dakota Section
Ben Bridges, Southwest Section
Shay Roalson, Texas Section
Russell Navratil, Virginia Section
Samual Anderson, West Virginia Section
Jeff O'Driscoll, Western Canada Section
Dave Lewis, Wisconsin Section


Hugh Smith, Jr., Alabama-Mississippi Section
Floyd J. Damron, Alaska Section
Marie Pearthree, Arizona Section
Douglas N. Brownrigg, Atlantic Canada Section
Len Clarkson, British Columbia Section
Dr. Issam Najm, California-Nevada Section
Joe Guistino, California-Nevada Section
Rudy S. Chow, Chesapeake Section
Stephen E. Pratt, Connecticut Section
Carl Larrabee, Jr., Florida Section
Brian Skeens, Georgia Section
Mike G. Ramsey, Illinois Section
Marty A. Wessler, Indiana Section
Gerard Yates, Intermountain Section
Robert M. Green, Iowa Section
James A. Epp, Kansas Section
Kay Sanborn, Kentucky-Tennessee Section
Florentino Ayala Vazquez, Mexico Section
Timothy D. McNamara, Michigan Section
Patrick T. Shea, Minnesota Section
Jim Urfer, Missouri Section
Jeffrey M. Ashley, Montana Section
Robert Pierce, Nebraska Section
Stephen R. Blankenship, New Jersey Section
William C. Becker, New York Section
Stephen Estes-Smargiassi, NEWWA, A Section of AWWA
Vicki P. Westbrook, North Carolina Section
Dr. Wei Lin, North Dakota Section
Karen Hawkins, Ohio Section    
Nick Benkovich, OWWA, A Section of AWWA
Bill L. Evans, Jr., Pacific Northwest Section
Steve E. Tagert, Pennsylvania Section
Exel F. Colón Rivera, Puerto Rico Section
Christian Sauvageau, Quebec Section
Michael Berry, Rocky Mountain Section
Douglas B. Kinard, South Carolina Section
Tanya Miller, South Dakota Section
Patty Thompson, Southwest Section
Jennifer L. Elms, Texas Section
Jeanne Bennett-Bailey, Virginia Section
Louis Wooten, West Virginia Section
W. Calvin Sexsmith, Western Canada Section
Patrick S. Planton, Wisconsin Section


James L. Watterson, Alabama-Mississippi Section
Leslie "Les" Syvertson, Alaska Section
Matthew Rexing, Arizona Section
Peter J. Hanlon, PENG, Atlantic Canada Section
Colwyn Sunderland, British Columbia Section
Edgar G. Dymally, California-Nevada Section
Sue Mosburg, California-Nevada Section
Edward G. Hallock, Chesapeake Section
Peter B. Galant, Connecticut Section
Jason P.F. Parillo, PE, Florida Section
Kathy Nguyen, Georgia Section
Ken Ota, Hawaii Section
Greg Swanson, Illinois Section
Duane Gillis, Indiana Section
Scott W. Paxman, Intermountain Section
John R. Dunn, PE, Iowa Section
Michael G. Orth, PE, Kansas Section
Hal Bathrop, Kentucky-Tennessee Section
Alfredo Ortiz Garcia, Mexico Section
Brian D. Steglitz, PE, Michigan Section
Carol Blommel Johnson, Minnesota Section
Nicholas L. Burns, Missouri Section
Greg Lukasik, Montana Section
Christopher P. Woodcock, NEWWA, A Section of AWWA
Eric Lee, Nebraska Section
Brandino Cacallori, New Jersey Section
Daniel Seaver, PE, New York Section
Barry D. Shearin, North Carolina
Timothy J. Paustian, PE, North Dakota Section
Jim Smith, OWWA, A Section of AWWA
Melinda Raimann, Ohio Section
Melinda Friedman, Pacific Northwest Section
Gary L. Burlingame, Pennsylvania Section
Luis M. Melendez-Fox, Puerto Rico Section
Mathieu Laneuville, Quebec Section
Elizabeth Carter, Rocky Mountain Section
Curtis M. Dillard, PE, South Carolina Section
Gavin M. Graverson, South Dakota Section
David "Newton" White, Southwest Section
Christianne Castleberry, Texas Section
Karen J. Levy, Virginia Section
Walter M. Ivey, West Virginia Section
Garry E. Drachenberg, PE, Western Canada Section
Kevin Richardson, PE, BCEE, Wisconsin Section


Hunter Arnold, Alabama-Mississippi Section
Edward A. Sorenson, Alaska Section
Patricia M. Kennedy, Arizona Section
Mark Butler, Atlantic Canada Section
Jennifer Crosby, British Columbia Section
Marsi A. Steirer, California-Nevada Section
Andrew D. Eaton, California-Nevada Section
John DiFonzo, Chesapeake Section
Robert Wesneski, Connecticut Section
Richard S. Ratcliffe, Florida Section
Randall Lynn Campbell, Georgia Section
Ross Kaneko, Hawaii Section
Terry McGhee, Illinois Section
Jeffrey A. Morris, Indiana Section
Mark Stanley, Intermountain Section
Marty Hoffert, Iowa Section
Richard Pedrotti, Kansas Section
Richard B. Harrison, Kentucky-Tennessee Section
Randall A. Roost, Michigan Section
Juan Ramon Gonzalez Niño, Mexico Section
Bert Tracy, Minnesota Section
Carl J. Anderson, Montana Section
Patrick Connelly, NEWWA, A Section of AWWA
W. James Wells, Nebraska Section
Mark A. Tompeck, New Jersey Section
Amanda L. Bauner, PE, ENV SP, New York Section
Jeffrey R. Cruickshank, PE, North Carolina
Duane Friesz, North Dakota Section
Dr. Saad Jasim, OWWA, A Section of AWWA
Steve Heimlich, Ohio Section
Mark Knudson, Pacific Northwest Section
Herbert Spencer, Pennsylvania Section
Elpidio Gonzalez, Puerto Rico Section
Yanick Fortier, Quebec Section
Joe Cowan, Rocky Mountain Section
Andrew W. Fairey, South Carolina Section
Janel Ellingson, South Dakota Section
Curtis Davis, Southwest Section
David C. Scholler, Texas Section
Michael Hotaling, Virginia Section
Shelley W. Porter, PE, West Virginia Section
Doug Taniguchi, Western Canada Section
Joseph P. Finn, Wisconsin Section


Alabama-Mississippi Section, SAM McELROY
Alaska Section, DANA NOVAK
Arizona Section, BRANDY KELSO
Atlantic Canada Section, JAMIE E. HANNAM
British Columbia Section, IRFAN GEHLEN
California-Nevada Section, TIMOTHY C. WORLEY, Dr. PANKAJ PAREKH
Chesapeake Section, GEORGE HAWKINS
Connecticut Section, DAVID RADKA
Florida Section, RICHARD T. ANDERSON
Georgia Section, BECKY BUTTS
Illinois Section, JOHN VAN-ARSDEL
Indiana Section, ALAN C. WISEMAN
Intermountain Section, HANK CHILDER
Kentucky-Tennessee Section, ZACK DANIELS, MICHAEL BERNARD
Michigan Section, THOMAS A. IDEMA
Minnesota Section, TONY BELDEN
Missouri Section, MICKEY BERNARD
Nebraska Section, KEVIN TOBIN
New Jersey Section, CAROL T. STORMS
New York Section, JOHN W. FRAZER, JR.
North Carolina, ANGELA C. LEE
North Dakota Section, GREG WAVRA
Ohio Section, CLIFF SHRIVE
Pacific Northwest Section, BILL CARR
Pennsylvania Section, JOHN MULDOWNEY
Puerto Rico Section, WARNER PALERMO
Rocky Mountain Section, KEVIN BERGSCHNEIDER
South Carolina Section, DAVID NIESSE
Southwest Section, F. ROBERT CARR
Texas Section, RONALD K. TAMADA
Virginia Section, KENNETH O. JOHNSTON
Western Canada Section, MARK R. KELLER
Wisconsin Section, THOMAS J. KRUEGER


LEE JONES, Alabama/Mississippi Section 
KENNETH A. SMITH, Alaska Section 
CHRISTOPHER W. HILL, Arizona Section 
GRAHAM GAGNON, Atlantic Canada Section
JUDY SMITH, British Columbia Section 
ROY L. WOLFE, California-Nevada Section 
STEVEN A. DENNIS, California-Nev. Section 
J. SCOTT SHIPE, Chesapeake Section 
KEVIN BARBER, Connecticut Section 
CHARLES "CHUCK" CARDEN, JR., Florida Section 
GUY PIHERA, Georgia Section 
AUDREY YOKOTA, Hawaii Section 
DENNIS ROSS, Illinois Section 
JEFFREY PETERS, Indiana Section 
DAVID O. PITCHER, Intermountain Section 
PHIL PROPES, Iowa Section 
TERRYL A. PAJOR, Kansas Section 
KAY BALL, Kentucky/Tennessee Section 
MARK COLEMAN, Michigan Section 
BILL SPAIN, Minnesota Section 
NANCY G. CORMIER, Montana Section 
BRUCE DVORAK, Nebraska Section 
MICHAEL T. MARINO, New York Section 
STEVEN D. DREW, North Carolina Section 
BRETT JOCHIM, North Dakota Section 
BRIAN BISSON, Ohio Section
BRENDA LENNOX, Pacific NW Section 
PATTI KAY WISNIEWSKI, Pennsylvania Section 
IRMA LOPEZ, Puerto Rico Section 
CLAUDE DURIVAGE, Quebec Section 
JOHN H. BAMBEI, JR., Rocky Mountain Section 
PAUL H. HARGETTE, South Carolina Section 
JIM ZECK, South Dakota Section 
LARRY S. LLOYD, Southwest Section 
DONNA HOWE, Texas Section 
RICHARD M. DISALVO, Virginia Section 
MATT STANLEY, West Virginia Section 
IAN P. WRIGHT, Western Canada Section 
TONY AVERBECK, Wisconsin Section 


TOM WALTERS, Alabama/Mississippi Section 
RICHARD STECKEL, Alaska Section 
DON P. MANTHE, Arizona Section 
LAWRENCE BENJAMIN, British Columbia Section 
ROBERT CHENG, California-Nevada Section 
ANDREW DeGRACA, California-Nev. Section 
JOHN MOORE, Chesapeake Section 
JOHN HERLIHY, Connecticut Section 
ANA MARIA GONZALEZ, Florida Section 
PETER JOHNS, Georgia Section 
DARYL HIROMOTO, Hawaii Section 
THOMAS SKELLY, Illinois Section 
STANLEY DIAMOND, Indiana Section 
FLORENCE REYNOLDS, Intermountain Section 
JOEL MOHR, Iowa Section 
MICHAEL B. HORSLEY, Kansas Section 
MARTHA SEGAL, Kentucky/Tennessee Section 
GARY LOGSDON, Michigan Section 
PETER T. MOULTON, Minnesota Section 
CURT SKOUBY, Missouri Section 
LOGAN McINNIS, Montana Section 
JOHN S. OLSSON, Nebraska Section 
HOWARD J. WOODS JR., New Jersey Section 
GARY R. MALE, New York Section 
WILLIAM DOWBIGGIN, North Carolina Section 
DEAN SLETTEN, North Dakota Section 
BRAD PHELPS, Pacific NW Section 
RUSSELL WILLIAMS, Pennsylvania Section 
RAFAEL (ALBERT) ORTIZ-DIAZ, Puerto Rico Section 
DANIEL LeBLANC, Quebec Section 
LELA PERKINS, Rocky Mountain Section 
SHANNON LIZEWSKI, South Carolina Section 
AL ERICKSON, South Dakota Section 
JERRY W. BAKER, Southwest Section 
DANIEL K. NIX, Texas Section 
ALI MAHON, Virginia Section 
JONATHAN CARPENTER, West Virginia Section 
DUANE GRIFFIN, Western Canada Section 
NANCY ANN QUIRK, Wisconsin Section 


No Award Presented, ACWWA,  A Section of AWWA 
JIM NELSON, Alabama/Mississippi Section 
MALCOLM "MAC" MASON, Alaska Section 
CHAROLOTTE JONES, Arizona Section 
RONALD GREEN, British Columbia Section 
PHIL BRUN, California-Nevada Section 
CHARLES SIHLER, California-Nev. Section 
JANE M. BAYER, Chesapeake Section 
MARCEY MUNOZ, Connecticut Section 
MATT ALVEREZ, Florida Section 
WILLIAM F. (GENE) CAMP, Georgia Section 
JON MURAOKA, Hawaii Section 
KYLA JACOBSEN, Illinois Section 
MICHAEL D. SIMPSON, Indiana Section 
BART SIMONS, Intermountain Section 
MARK DUBEN, Iowa Section 
THOMAS f. SCHREMPP, Kansas Section 
BERNIE MALOY, Kentucky/Tennessee Section 
KHALIL Z. ATASI, Michigan Section 
SCOTT ANDERSON, Minnesota Section 
THOMAS O. CROWLEY, Missouri Section 
ARVID "BUTCH" HILLER, Montana Section 
DENNIS WATTS, Nebraska Section 
RUSSELL FORD, New Jersey Section 
PAUL J. GRANGER, New York Section 
STEVE SHOAF, North Carolina Section 
MEREDITH QUINN, North Dakota Section 
DANIEL L. MCVAY, Ohio Section
STEVE TANNER, Pacific NW Section 
SERENA A. DiMAGNO, Pennsylvania Section 
KAREN CHRISTINA BURGI, Rocky Mountain Section 
RACHEL CROSBY, South Carolina Section 
MITCH KANNENBERG, South Dakota Section 
REBECCA POOLE, Southwest Section 
RICHARD TALLEY, Texas Section 
BEATE M. WRIGHT, Virginia Section 
VINCE McCOMAS, West Virginia Section 
WILLIAM A. BULLEE, Western Canada Section 
RICHARD HOPE, Wisconsin Section 


No Award Presented, ACWWA, A Section of AWWA 
JIM MILLER, Alabama/Mississippi Section 
MARK PREMO, Alaska Section 
PAUL KINSHELLA, Arizona Section 
EDMUND MOLYNEUX, British Columbia Section 
PHIL HOLDERNESS, California-Nevada Section 
DAWN R. WHITE, California-Nev. Section 
EDWARD BOUWER, Chesapeake Section 
KEVIN T. WALSH, Connecticut Section 
ROBERT D. TEEGARDEN, Florida Section 
SANDY A. SMITH, Georgia Section 
WOODIE MUIRHEAD, Hawaii Section 
LAURIE DOUGHERTY, Illinois Section 
DAN E. HOOD, Indiana Section 
EVA NIEMINSKI, Intermountain Section 
JOHN LUTHER, Iowa Section 
GARRY M. TURNER, Kansas Section 
ALAN C. CRANFORD, Kentucky/Tennessee Section 
DAVID S. KOCH, Michigan Section 
DOUGLAS ROVANG, Minnesota Section 
BARRY KIRCHHOFF, Missouri Section 
JOHN M. ALSTON, Montana Section 
LARRY ANDREASEN, Nebraska Section 
GUIDO VON AUTENRIED, New Jersey Section 
DENNIS KELLEHER, New York Section 
MIKE RICHARDSON, North Carolina Section 
No award presented, North Dakota Section 
DENNY CLOUSE, Pacific NW Section 
STANLEY STATES, Pennsylvania Section 
FRANCOIS BEDARD, Quebec Section 
MARTIN GARCIA, Rocky Mountain Section 
GARY R. VISSER, South Carolina Section 
KRISTIN BISGARD, South Dakota Section 
LESLIE R. PATTERSON, Southwest Section 
MARY GUGLIUZZA, Texas Section 
BETH DRYLIE, Virginia Section 
DOUG AMOS, West Virginia Section 
SIMON THOMAS, Western Canada Section 
LAWRIE KOBZA, Wisconsin Section 


GLEN I. THOMAS, Alabama/Mississippi Section 
MITCHELL D. LILE, Alaska Section 
PATRICIA A. DAVIS, Arizona Section 
JAMES ALEXANDER WOOD, British Columbia Section 
TIMOTHY L. WILLIAMS, California-Nevada Section 
R. RHODES TRUSSELL, California-Nev. Section 
THOMAS P.  JACOBUS, Chesapeake Section 
DONALD CARVER, Connecticut Section 
GARY McCOY, Georgia Section 
PAUL J. KEMP, Hawaii Section 
JOHN E. CALLAN, Illinois Section 
JOHN A. HARDWICK, Indiana Section 
RICK D. WHEADON, Intermountain Section 
JOHN M. HAYS, Iowa Section 
LANNY L. UDEN, Kansas Section 
JULIE W. RONEY, Kentucky/Tennessee Section 
DAVID M. SCHULTZ, Minnesota Section 
JOHN R. SCHILLING, Missouri Section 
SCOTT B. MURPHY, Montana Section 
GLENN H. DOSTAL, Nebraska Section 
WILLIAM H. PEARCE, New Jersey Section 
KEVIN CASTRO, New York Section 
BARRY M. GULLET, North Carolina Section 
DEON STOCKERT, North Dakota Section 
WILLIAM G.  BECKMAN, Pacific NW Section 
R. LEE ROBERTS, Pennsylvania Section 
GREG MORRIS, Puerto Rico Section 
BENOIT BARBEAU, Quebec Section 
JILL L. PETERSON, Rocky Mountain Section 
CLINT E. SHEALY, South Carolina Section 
JEFF DeVILLE, South Dakota Section 
DONALD C. BROUSSARD, Southwest Section 
CHARLES R. MADDOX, Texas Section 
TALMADGE PILAND, Virginia Section 
RAYMOND S. BILEVICIUS, Western Canada Section 
DON SWAILES, Wisconsin Section 

About George Warren Fuller


Award Criteria

Purpose of this award: George Warren Fuller Awards are presented annually by the American Water Works Association to the sections' respective selected members for their distinguished service to the water supply field in commemoration of the sound engineering skill . . . the brilliant diplomatic talent . . . and the constructive leadership which characterized the life of George Warren Fuller.

The award: A George Warren Fuller Award Plaque and pin.

Frequency of the award: Annually, if deserved.

Eligibility for the award: To qualify for the award the person must be an Individual Member or a duly appointed representative of an organization member of the American Water Works Association. In the case of a posthumous award, the recipient must have been an AWWA member at the time of his/her death. Each section may make annual Fuller Award presentations equal to its number of Directors on the Association Board of Directors.

Entry requirements: Submission of a completed AWWA entry form by any section member to the section Fuller Award Committee.

Nomination procedure: Any section member may nominate an individual by submitting the completed entry form to the section Fuller Award Committee. A "citation" or statement of the basis upon which the recommendation is made must be included. Citations should in general contain 40 words or less and be appropriate for introduction of the awardee at the section award ceremony and the Fuller Society Breakfast held during the AWWA annual conference. Editorial adjustments in citations may be made as deemed necessary.

Nomination and submission deadline: Nominations shall be submitted to the section Fuller Award Committee as established by each section. The section Fuller Award Committee Chair shall report the awardee to the Executive Director of AWWA by March 10 including the awardee's full name and address and the citation to accompany the award. This information should also be included as part of the official section meeting report by the section secretary.

Fuller award committee membership: The Fuller Award Committee shall consist of five members of the section and shall be appointed and announced at least six months prior to the section's annual meeting. All members of the Fuller Award Committee, if possible, shall be former recipients of the Fuller Award or the Water Utility Man of the Year Award. If this is not possible, committee members may be chosen from AWWA members who are leaders of the water works industry within the section.

The Fuller Award Committee of each section shall be set up on a rotating basis with one new member being appointed each year by the section chair to serve a five-year term and with the senior member designated chair of the committee. The section secretary should send the name of the Fuller Award Committee Chair to the Executive Director each year. Under this system, each member will become chair in the fifth and final year of his/her service on the committee and will retire from the committee when his/her report for that year is given to the section.

New sections will establish the rotation system by appointing their first committee members for staggered terms of from one to five years and designating the member appointed for one year as the chair. In such instances the earliest recipient of the Fuller Award or the Water Utility Man of the Year Award should be appointed to the committee for a five-year term.

Each member appointed to a section Fuller Award Committee shall be furnished with a copy of these criteria, the attached copy of the statement on the life and works of George Warren Fuller to guide him/her in the exercise of his duties on the committee, and the entry form.

Method of selecting the award recipient: The recipients of the George Warren Fuller Awards are selected by the individual sections of the Association from among their own members in accordance with these criteria. Such selection is presumed to recognize publicly the contribution toward the advancement of water works practice.

Each year the Fuller Award Committee of each section upon reviewing the eligible candidates, shall determine if any member(s) of the section has provided outstanding leadership or has made a significant contribution toward the advancement of the water works practice within the Association and/or the section such that he/she should receive the award. Following selection of an awardee, the committee shall report its selection to the Executive Director who will inform the official representative regarding the award presentation. After the award has been presented the committee will forward its report, including the official citation, to the section secretary.

It is emphasized that the qualifications for the award specify that the services of the candidate must have been over and above those expected of officers and committee members in fulfilling the obligations or duties assigned to them. It is emphasized that the performance of a nominee must be exceptional and extraordinary. Each section may award the same number of Fuller Awards as the number of its section Directors on the Association Board of Directors.

Presentation of the award: The announcement of the award shall be made a part of the annual meeting of the section granting it and shall be made by the Association's official representative at the section meeting or by the presiding official of the section. The reading of the committee report should be accompanied by the reading of the citation and as much of the prepared statement concerning the life and works of George Warren Fuller as fits the occasion.

The presentation of an award plaque will be made at the Fuller Award Society Breakfast held during the American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exposition. If, in special cases, the awardee is unable to attend the annual conference, the presentation of the award plaque may be made at the section meeting.

Each awardee automatically becomes a member of the George Warren Fuller Award Society of the American Water Works Association. No initiation fees or annual dues are required for membership in this society. The annual meeting of the society is held at the Fuller Award Society Breakfast at the American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exposition.

About George Warren Fuller

"Little can be said about George Warren Fuller without recalling a thousand and one connections which he has had with sanitary engineering practice in this country and abroad. Amazingly active mentally, he always catalyzed those individuals who were fortunate enough to work with him. An enthusiasm, tempered by seasoned judgment and reinforced by a remarkable technical knowledge, accounting for the fact that his name is identified with almost every important sanitary advance in this country in the last four decades . . . Many, however, are born at the right time who are either ill equipped or are lacking in sufficient vision to make the most of that good fortune. In Mr. Fuller's case, heredity and environmental influence, coupled with remarkable energy, all contributed to the development of a practitioner of outstanding stature. He will be remembered long in the future, as much for his distinctive personal characteristics as for his long list of contributions to sanitary science and practice."

So wrote Abel Wolman editorially in Municipal Sanitation after Fuller's death on June 15, 1934.

George Warren Fuller was born in Franklin, Massachusetts, December 21, 1868, on the farm which was part of the land acquired by the family during the Revolutionary period. Three or four Fullers came to Massachusetts from England before the middle of the Seventeenth Century. The one with whom we are concerned was Ensign Thomas Fuller, who, in 1642, by vote of the people of Dedham, was "admitted"--a prerequisite to citizenship at that time--to the purchase of Martin Phillips' lot. He seems to have been a capable and versatile man.

He was surveyor for several years after 1660 and selectman for fourteen years; he repeatedly represented the community at the general court, was co-trustee of money bequeathed for the establishment of a Latin school and laid out the road to Cambridge as well as many minor ones. He kept the town's ammunition, for which he was paid ten shillings a year, but had considerable trouble in collecting the fee, and at one time remitted part of it in order to obtain settlement. In the succeeding line, down through Grandfather Asa Fuller, who was a Minute Man, there continues to be activity of a civic nature--service as selectmen, court representatives, and the like.

George Warren Fuller was at the head of his class when he attended the Dedham schools. His scholarship was, of course, a source of great satisfaction to his mother. At sixteen he passed the examination for entrance at MIT but, his father having died a few weeks before, it was thought best for him to have a fourth year in high school, after which he was graduated at the head of his class and with the highest marks given up to that time. At MIT he met and came under the influence of such people as William T. Sedgwich, Ellen H. Richards, and Hiram F. Mills, all enthusiastically interested in the new science of public health.

Their influence was felt throughout his life. Following his graduation, he spent a year at the University of Berlin and in the office of Piefke, engineer of the Berlin water works. On his return to Massachusetts, he was employed by the state board of health for some five years, during the latter part of the period being in charge of the Lawrence Experiment Station where he extended the experimental work and studies started by another famous chemist and engineer, Allen Hazen. The Lawrence Experiment Station was then recognized as leading in research on the purification of water supplies and treatment of sewage in this country.

Fuller's brilliant achievements in this field attracted such attention to his ability that he was selected in 1895 to take charge of the experiments at Louisville, Kentucky, in the use of rapid filtration. Immediately after he had accomplished this work, he was offered a similar engagement in Cincinnati, Ohio. These experiments served to remove the questions which had been raised about the adequacy of rapid filtration compared with slow sand filtration for these municipalities, and, at the same time, established the value of mechanical filtration where conditions were such as to warrant its use.

During his 34 years of practice as a consulting engineer (following the opening of his New York office and, later, the opening of branch offices in Kansas City, Mo.; Toledo, Ohio; and Philadelphia, Pa.),  Fuller advised more than 150 cities, commissions, and corporations on their water supply and sewerage problems. His outstanding engagements included Washington, D.C.; New Orleans, La.; St. Louis, Mo.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Kansas City, Mo.; Memphis, Tenn.; Wilmington, Dela.; New Haven, Conn.; Lexington, Ky.; Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.; Montreal, Quebec; the Shanghai (China) Water Company; the International Joint Commission (Canada and United States boundary waters); the New Jersey Water Policy Commission; the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission; the Hackensack Valley Sewerage Commission; and the Metropolitan Sewerage Commission of Rhode Island. For many of these engagements, his service included full control over all engineering work involved in the preparation of plans and contracts, as well as the actual construction.

Notwithstanding a busy life in active practice, Fuller gave freely of his time and energy to the advancement of his chosen profession through participation in the activities of technical societies, through contributions to the engineering press, and through educational activities. His record in this respect is outstanding. He was a member of the American Water Works Association (President); the American Public Health Association (President); the Engineering Foundation (Chair); the American Society of Civil Engineers (Vice-President); the American Institute of Consulting Engineers; the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; the Institution of Civil Engineers of Great Britain; the American Chemical Society; the American Society of Bacteriologists; the Engineering Institute of Canada; the Vereines Duetscher Ingenieure; the Association Generale des Hygienistes et Techniciens Municipaux of France; and the Franklin Institute.

Perhaps the most significant of Fuller's characteristics was his belief in organization and his devotion to standardization.

In 1920, at the Montreal Convention of the AWWA, Fuller negotiated the organization of a committee to codify and standardize water works practice. The Association before that time had developed a few specifications documents, but its relation to the preparation of those documents was that of cooperative participation rather than leadership. The group under his leadership and chairmanship was first called the Standardization Council, later the Committee on Water Works Practice. He continued to be a dominant influence in the AWWA during the time its constitution and bylaws were being substantially revised.

At the New York Convention of the AWWA early in June 1934 (only a week before his death), Fuller was in constant attendance, participating in the sessions and continuing even then his stimulation of the activities of the Association and its elected leaders.

With the AWWA, APHA, ASCE and FSWA alone, more than 45,000 professional and technical men in North America are indebted to Fuller for the guidance of their organizational readjustments in the 1920-30 period, which made possible the standing that these associations have today.

George Warren Fuller was first of all a capable engineer, equipped with a mind that never closed a channel to new ideas. He was an inventive technician--first in the laboratory field, later in engineering and design. He was a skilled negotiator, a public relations counsel who never called himself one, but who by such skill persuaded reluctant city officials that they were very wise and right to authorize sanitary improvements. He was a loyal citizen who found himself able and willing to render service to his country during World War I. He was uncannily able to give ear to the ideas and aspirations of younger men in the field and to inspire in them some measure of the spirit of leadership that he possessed. He believed in the organization and assembly of technical and professional men and devoted himself fully to the advancement of their associations and societies to the end that they serve better through planned action and cooperation.

Fitting indeed were the words of M. N. Baker, in his editorial tribute in the Engineering News Record;

"History will be better able than we are to appraise the contributions of George W. Fuller to the art of water purification, but history will not be so well able to appraise Mr. Fuller's personal qualities of understanding, kindliness, sound judgment and tact as are we who have been fortunate enough to have frequent contact with him in our daily work  . . .  Here also should be recorded an acknowledgment of the debt the profession owes to Mr. Fuller, especially his chosen branch of the profession, for his liberal contributions of time and energy to its professional societies. It can be said without fear of contradiction that it was chiefly through his efforts that the American Water Works Association has been raised from the level of a social group to its present high standing as a technical organization. Mr. Fuller's passing also serves to re-emphasize the youthfulness of sanitary engineering and the fundamental nature of the contributions made by a generation of notable men, now largely departed -- work that centered around the Lawrence experiments and laid the foundation for present design methods and practices of water filtration  . . .  Fuller's achievements and those of others of his generation are a legacy to be utilized by the present generation to carry the art forward to greater perfection."