June 28th, 1951

Thursday, June 28, 1951

Alfred C. Fuller Wins New Honor At Hartford

click for larger image A Welsford farm boy who left his native home, forty years ago, to seek fame and fortune in the land from which his ancestors had themselves migrated to Kings County, in 1760, came to new distinction and honor, ten days ago, in Hartford, Connecticut, when he received from Trinity College the honorary degree of Master of Arts.

The freshly honored Nova Scotian is Alfred C. Fuller, whose name has become known throughout the world as the founder of the Fuller Brush Company, of Hartford. Mr. Fuller, now Chairman of the board of the Company, was described in a Hartford newspaper editorial following his capping and gowning as "the essence of Hartford life – commercial, social and cultural."

Mr. Fuller was in distinguished company when his honorary degree was conferred, others similarly honored by Trinity College at the same time being: Governor Lodge, Governor of Connecticut, Doctor of Laws; Martin W. Clement, Philadelphia, Board Chairman of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Doctor of Humane Letters; Benjamin F. Fairless, President United States Steel Corporation, Doctor of Laws; Rev. Charles F. Whiston, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkley, California, Doctor of Divinity; Alfred N. Guertin Actuary of the American Life Convention, Chicago, Master of Science; Robert M. Brady, Detroit, Master of Science; Mrs. Beatrice Fox Auerbach, Hartford, master of Science; Rt. Rev. Robert M. Hatch, Suffragan Bishop of Connecticut Episcopal Diocese, Hartford, Doctor of Divinity.

The Hartford Times, under the title, "Merited Honors", commented as follows on the four Hartford citizens honored by Trinity College:

"Hartford is especially complimented in Trinity College’s selections for the awarding of honorary degrees. Governor Lodge and Bishop Hatch we may claim as ex-officio Hartfordites. But Mrs. Beatrice Fox Auerbach and Alfred C. Fuller are of the essence of Hartford life – Commercial, social, cultural. Trinity has, of course, honored them as distinguished individuals. But because they are such decidedly public spirited citizens there is also a large civic aspect to these awards.

"As the first woman to receive an MS from Trinity and as the fourth to be recognized with an honorary degree there, Mrs. Auerbach marches in the van of the academic parade, a position to which she is accustomed in whatever field of endeavor she appears.

"To Mr. Fuller the degree of Master of Arts comes with an appropriateness that will be recognized by all who know of his useful activities in industrial, educational, and musical endeavors.

"It was a group of nine noteworthy persons that Trinity selected for honorary degrees at her 125th Commencement. Connecticut is proud to claim four of them. And Hartford is especially happy to be represented by two such good citizens as Mrs. Auerbach and Mr. Fuller."