Fuller, Surgeon Captain AC (D)
A. C. Fuller died aged 85 years on 17 January 1994.
His son Rodney Fuller, OJ, wrote:-
“My father was born on 4th September 1909 at Hampden Park, Eastbourne, but the family soon moved to Worthing where he attended Wykeham House Preparatory School. He arrived at the College in 1922/23 joining Fleur de Lys. During his time at Hurst he was a member of the Corps of Drums, a House Prefect, and a regular in the Ashburton Eight. For him his schooldays must truly have been “the happiest days of his life”, as he never tired of telling anyone who would listen how wonderful his time at Hurst had been. Even all my children can quote chapter and verse his experiences in the OTC! He never lost his love for the College, and attended all OJ functions. For many years he was on the OJ Committee, and one of his proudest times was when he was elected its President.
On leaving Hurst, he entered Guy’s Hospital to study dentistry and qualified in 1933. He set up practice in Hove where, apart from time away on war service, he remained until retirement in 1975. His dedication in the continuing care of St.Dunstaners during his post-war practice life later earned him a governorship in appreciation.
In 1934 he obtained a commission in the RNVR as a Surgeon Lieutenant (D). During the war he saw service in North Africa and Europe He elected to remain with the RNVR in peace-time, rising to become head of the dental branch with the rank of Surgeon Captain (D) His service merited the award of the Volunteer Reserve Decoration with Bar.
Other interests were committee work for the British Dental Association, regular foreign holidays, and photography. In his retirement years he managed to photograph every known windmill in Sussex even if a few stones were all that remained of the original’
In December 1933 he married Ruth Ferguson. Her death in October 1993 prevented the celebration of their Diamond Wedding. The great loves of his life were Ruth and Hurst. There were times when it was difficult to know which held the greater sway! However, the loss of my mother totally devastated him, and he never recovered. He outlived her by only three months However, he was supported in those final days by an intense Christian faith that saw him through to the end.”