3.5. FULLER AWARD COMMITTEE
A. PURPOSE: To solicit nominations and select the recipient of the “George Warren Fuller Award” given by the Section each year.
B. STRUCTURE: The Section Chair will appoint the Awards committee. It shall consist of five (5) members of the section who shall be either former recipients of the Fuller Award or Water Utility Leader of the Year Award or chosen from among leaders of the water works industry within the section.
The length of appointment for each member of the committee should comply with the “Guide to Selection and Announcement of the Section Nominees - Fuller Award.” The committee shall use the attached guidelines and questionnaire to select the recipient of the Fuller Award.
C. MEETINGS, ACTIVITIES AND REPORTS: Before the Annual Conference, at least one meeting should be held with all the committee present for the selection of the recipient. The selection of the recipient should be made at least 30 days before the Annual Meeting. Announcement of the recipient shall be made at the Annual Meeting, Missouri Section. Formal presentation of the award is made at the Annual meeting of the Association. If the awardee is unable to attend the following general conference, the presentation of the Award Certificate may be made at a Section Meeting. The following is a sample report form:
MISSOURI SECTION - AMERICAN WATER WORKS ASSOCIATION
FULLER AWARD COMMITTEEANNUAL REPORT DATE______________________________________________________________________
Your FULLER AWARD COMMITTEE respectfully submits the following name as this year’s FULLER AWARD RECIPIENT:
1. Award Title: GEORGE WARREN FULLER AWARD
2. Purpose of this Award: George Warren Fuller Awards are presented annually on recommendation of the sections to members of the American Water Works Association for their distinguished service in the water supply field and in commemoration of their sound engineering skill . . .their brilliant diplomatic talent. . .and the constructive leadership of men and women in the Association which characterized the life of George Warren Fuller.
3. The Award: A George Warren Fuller award Plaque and pin.
4. Frequency of the Award: Annually, if deserved.
5. Eligibility for the Award: To qualify for the award the person must be an individual member (Active, Student, Life, Honorary) or a duly appointed representative of a Utility member of a Municipal Service Subscriber of the American Water Works Association. Each section may make annual Fuller Award presentations equal to their number of Directors on the Association Board of Directors.
6. Entry Requirements: The report of the committee shall include a “citation” or statement of the basis upon which the recommendation is made. Such citations shall follow the pattern of form and general phraseology indicated by the lists which have been prepared each year which are uniformly published in the pages of the AWWA JOURNAL as part of the record of the year’s conference. Citations should in general contain 50 words or less to the end that a recipient be neither under nor overpaid for the work that he has done. The secretary will make editorial adjustments in citations as may be deemed necessary in the general interest.
7. Nomination Procedure: When, after its deliberations in any one year, an award committee makes a selection, it shall submit the name and qualifications of the proposed recipient to the Executive Committee (or equivalent official group) of the section for approval.
8. Nomination or Submission Deadline: To the Executive Committee (or equivalent official group) of the section for approval not less than 30 days prior to the annual meeting of the section; To the Executive Director of AWWA by March 10 including the awardee’s full name and address and the citation to accompany the award.
9. Award Committee Membership: The award committee shall be appointed and announced at least six months prior to the section’s annual meeting.
The award committee of each section will be appointed by the section Chair. It shall consist of five members of the section who shall be either former recipients of the Fuller Award or Water Utility Leader of the Year Award or chosen from among leaders of the water works industry within the section.
The award committee of each section shall be set up on a rotating basis with one new member being appointed each year to serve a five-year term and with the senior member designated Chair of the committee. Under this system, each member will become Chair in the fifth and final year of this service on the committee and will retire from the committee when his report for that year is accepted by the section. New sections will, of course, have to establish the rotation system by appointing their first committees for staggered terms of from one to five years, designating as Chair the member appointed for one year. In such instances the earliest recipient of the award should be appointed the first Chair of the committee.
Each member appointed to a section award committee shall be furnished with a copy of the “Terms and Conditions of the George Warren Fuller Award,” as well as with a copy of the statement on the life and works of George Warren Fuller to guide him in the exercise of his duties on the committee, both of which are attached.
10. 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 the “Terms and Conditions” attached hereto. Such selection is presumed to recognize publicly the contribution toward the advancement of water works practice that the individual has made within the particular section that designated him for the award.
Each year, the award committee of each Section may determine if any member or members of the Section has provided such outstanding leadership or has made such a significant contribution toward the advancement of the water works practice within the Section that he should be a candidate for the award. 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 candidate must be outstanding 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.
11. 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 at the Section. The reading of the committee report should be accompanied by the reading of as much of the prepared statement concerning the life and works of George Warren Fuller as fits the occasion.
The formal ceremony or presentation of certificates of award is made a part of the American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exposition. If, in special cases, the awardee is unable to attend the following annual conference, the presentation of the Award Certificate may be made at the Section meeting. If it is desired to present an award certificate at a Section meeting, the report of the committee with the citation and full name of the awardee shall be transmitted to the headquarters office of AWWA 30 days in advance of the Section meeting along with an appropriate statement of the reason for the prospective absence of the awardee from the annual conference of the Association.
The names of the recipients of the memorial awards for the conference year are announced in appropriate manner during the Annual Meeting of the Association at the time the ceremony of awards takes place. In the published list of members of the Association, designation is made indicating the members who have received this award.
Each awardee automatically becomes a member of the George Fuller Award Society of the American Water Works Association. No initiation fee or annual dues is required for membership in this society. The Annual Meeting of the Society is held during the American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exposition.
ENTRY FORM SUBMIT TO SECTION
AWWA GEORGE WARREN FULLER AWARD
Deadline for Submission:________________________________________________________
Return To: _________________________________________________________________
1. Nominee’s Full Name:
Mailing Address: ______________________________________________________
Phone Number: (__________ )
2. Eligibility/Justification: Please provide details of the nominee’s “distinguished service in the water supply field” which entitle him/her to this award in the space provided below:
3. Biographical Data: Please complete the Biographical Data Form on the back of this sheet.
4. Citation - Please provide a recommended citation of 50 words or less:
Submitted By: ____________________________________________
Name (please print) (Date)
Mailing Address: ______________________________
Phone Number (________ ___)
(Type or Print Clearly)
a. Brief employment history:
b. Civic organization memberships (Lions, Kiwanis, school board, etc.)
c. Year joined AWWA: ______ and offices held (indicate whether Section or Association
d. Professional organization memberships:
e. College(s): ___________________________________________________________
f. Publications - List three major publications:
(Attach additional information as necessary)
George Warren Fuller Award
“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 judgement and reinforced by remarkable technical equipment, 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 environment 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, as “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, 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. Sedgwick, 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 the branch offices in Kansas City, Missouri; Toledo, Ohio; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — Fuller advised more than 150 cities, commission, and corporation on their water supply and sewerage problems, the outstanding engagement including, among others, Washington, D.C.; New Orleans, Louisiana; St. Louis, Missouri; Indianapolis, Indiana; Kansas City, Missouri; Memphis, Tennessee; Wilmington, Delaware; New Haven Connecticut; Lexington, Kentucky; Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota; 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 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 Hygienists el 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 specification documents, but its relation to the preparation of those documents was that of cooperative participation rather than leadership. The group, under his leadership and Chairship, 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 By-laws 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 and women 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 and women 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 women 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 judgement 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 acknowledgement 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 reemphasize the youthfulness of sanitary engineering and the fundamental nature of the contributions made by a generation of notable men and women, now largely departed — work that centered around the Lawrence Experiments and laid the foundation for present design methods and practices in 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.