Friday, July 19, 2002

Obituary: Harvey B. Fuller, 84, supported arts

Family business brought him to Tristate in 1945

By Rebecca Billman,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Harvey Benjamin Fuller III moved to Cincinnati in 1945 to expand his family's business and stayed for 57 years. The Mount Adams resident became a business and becoming a business and community leader as well as a supporter of the arts and education.

        Mr. Fuller, 84, died Wednesday from complications of a stroke in Fort Myers, Fla..

        Known as “Ben, ” Mr. Fuller hailed from St. Paul, Minn. After graduating from St. Paul Academy and Harvard University, he went to work for the H.B. Fuller Co., a manufacturer of specialty chemicals and adhesives founded by his grandfather.

        In 1945, he was placed in charge of the Midwestern region. Today, Fuller is the largest maker of adhesives in the United States, according to Mr. Fuller's son, Harvey Benjamin Fuller IV of Cherry Grove.

        “He had interest in a great many things,” said his son, including photography, cryptography, which he used to teach; photography; Shakespeare; and the stock market.

        Mr. Fuller served as president of the Rotary of Cincinnati and governor of the district and on the boards of Playhouse in the Park and the Cincinnati Opera.

        He also supported Berea College in Kentucky and First Unitarian Church in Cincinnati.

        Mr. Fuller was married to Laura Chatterton until they divorced in 1961. She died in 1987.

        In addition to his son, survivors include his wife of 37 years,: Margaret Ruder Mason Fuller; a daughter, Jane Fuller Neal of Fairfield, Conn.; three step-children, John Mason of Seattle, Christopher Mason of Anderson Township and J.T. Mason of Carmel, Calif.; two sisters, Elizabeth Fuller of Santa Fe., N.M., and Barbara Seller of Southbury, Conn.; and six grandchildren.

        A memorial service is being planned for the fall.

        Memorials: First Church, 53 Linton St., Cincinnati, 45219;, Berea College, Berea, Ky. 40404; or Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Circle, Fort Myers, Fla.


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