Charlton Thomas Fuller
October 5, 2011
Charlton Thomas Fuller, 92, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2011 peacefully at his home, at Willow Brook Farms in Catasauqua, Penn. He was the husband of Alexandra Huston Fuller and they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary June of this year.
He was a graduate of The Choate School in Wallingford, Connecticut and a graduate of Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., where he was captain of wrestling and inducted into the Southern Conference Washington and Lee Hall of Fame.
Tom served in the U.S. Navy in both theaters of the war, as ASW officer on a destroyer escort in the Atlantic, and as executive officer on an APD in the Pacific.
Tom Fuller was a legend in the horse industry, both in the competitive arena and on the race track. Tom and his famous stallion, Joe Cody, were both inducted into the AQHA (2001) and NRHA (1989) Halls of Fame. He bred and raised “Ambassador of Luck,” an Eclipse Award winner Horse of the Year (1983).
Tom was a photographer of merit, his photographs appearing in numerous national magazines, Eastman Kodak ads and at Epcot Center. He was an avid golfer and student of the game. Tom was a philanthropist who gave anonymously to both local and national causes, particularly for the downtrodden as well as for the conservancy of our nation’s ecology.
Tom and Alex Fuller discovered Snowmass-Aspen skiing in the mid-’60s. Tom bought land at the newly developing Snowmass Ski Area and built one of the first homes on the slopes. He spent many years here as his second home.
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He will be truly missed and was very much loved by many local friends and family members. Survivors include son, Peter and his wife, Joan, of Emmaus, Penn.; daughters Holly of Snowmass, Colo. and Victoria of Chicago, Ill.; and five grandchildren, Nicole Fuller of Santa Barbara, Calif., Zachary Fuller of Bethlehem, Penn., Jeremiah Fuller of Miami, Fla., Travis McLain of Aspen, Colo. and Afton McLain of Aspen, Colo.