NORWALK, Conn. – Richard Fuller, an Air Force veteran who worked as high school teacher, guidance counselor and coach in Norwalk before his death in 2011, will be posthumously inducted into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame on Monday, Nov. 30.
The ceremony will honor the former Brien McMahon High School faculty member, who also served on the Board of Education for 22 years and was executive director at the Carver Center in Norwalk from 1978-2004.
"Rick was a man who always put other before himself," said State Sen. Bob Duff (D-Norwalk). "His true passion was teaching and he taught Norwalk's children with the sole objective of bettering their lives."
State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-Norwalk) said Fuller was "the epitome of a veteran," who stood for "the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness -- whether in a foreign country or here at home."
Fuller was also known as a strong supporter of patriotic activities including the Norwalk Veterans Memorial Committee, Memorial Day Parade, Veterans Day Ceremony and the Essay Contest for Norwalk students.
In 2004, Norwalk honored him by assigning the honorary name of “Richard Fuller Way” to Taylor Street, the site of the Carver Center.
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