Let’s welcome our October Spotlight Member, Robert (Bob) Fullagar. Bob is the Vice President of Operations for Middlesex Water Company and he has been a member of AWWA since 1993. Bob holds a New Jersey Professional Engineer’s License, a Public Water Distribution System (W4) License, and a Public Water Treatment System (T4) License. He has been active at the Section level as a member of the Licensed Operator’s Committee and is currently a member of the Water Utility Council. He is a member of the NJ Infrastructure Advisory Committee and is the Water Wastewater Sector Chair. In his free time, he is a member of the Basking Ridge Fire Company.
In 2016, Bob was the Hal Florence Meritorious Operator Award recipient.
Why did you decide to go into the field of water?
As a kid I loved trucks, tractors, tools and equipment (I still do). Dump trucks were my favorite truck in the sandbox. I remember seeing a crew from Commonwealth Water repairing a main break one day on my street and thinking to myself what a great job. Dump trucks, crew trucks, backhoes all sorts of tools and equipment. It was love at first sight!
How did you become a volunteer for AWWA? What motivates you to be active in the Section?
I have always admired and respected the commitment, service to Country and sacrifice of the Greatest Generation. Whether it’s family, MWC, NJAWWA, the Fire Company or St. James Church; I approach the opportunity to serve with the intent to honor those incredible folks in my actions and commitments. It’s my way of keeping all that is great and good about that generation alive.
How long have you been an AWWA member and what have you gotten from your membership?
I’ve been a member since 1993 and have met so many incredible people over the years. The commitment, dedication and sacrifice of the good, honest and ethical Licensed Operators in our profession is inspiring.
Hobbies and outside interests?
My wife Patti and I like spending time with family (our favorite vacation spot is Cape May), taking day trips to different New Jersey beaches up and down the coast, supporting the Fire Company, attending events at our church and volunteering at the local soup kitchen. Both our sons are also members of the Fire Company and are third generation alumni and/or current students at NJIT.
What legacy would you like to leave behind?
My most important legacy is my children, Bob and Brian. I am very proud of the fine young men they have become, and I owe a lot of their success to my amazing wife. I hope my coworkers and peers in the industry remember me as being supportive and interested in their continued growth and success. I also trust that my modest contribution to the water industry will be reflected in the knowledge and experiences I have shared with others along the way and who will, in turn, share their experiences with the next generation of water professionals.
Bob with his wife Patti, sons Bob and Brian. Patti used to bring them for lunch when they were little. They always had Wendy’s and then Bob and the boys would take rides around the Iselin yard in the trucks and loader. Here they are in Bob's new office.