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Robert Stewart Fulton

Joined the Department of Transport (DOT) as a Radio Operator in 1937

Retired from the Radio Regulations Division of the DOT in 1967

 
 

 

Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Fulton and W. A. Caton

Robert Stewart Fulton, a D.O.T. employee who helped inaugurate air radio service in Canada, retired last February (1967) after 30 years service with the radio regulations division.

 

Mr. Fulton, a native of Steveston, B.C., joined the Department in 1937 as a radio operator.

 

Before that, he had spent 15 years at sea as a radio operator on cargo ships and on the Canadian Pacific Railway's trans­Pacific service to the Orient.

 

For nearly 20 years after joining the Department, Mr. Fulton was assigned to radio range stations in British Columbia and Alberta set up to give air radio service to what was then Trans-Canada Airlines.

 

In 1938, he was appointed officer in charge of the Carmi, B.C., radio range station at the top of a 4,000-foot mountain where he spent two and a half years in semi-isolation with three other radio operators, a cook and a handyman.

 

His last assignment before coming to headquarters was at Ashcroft, B.C., where he helped to establish a new radio station. He remained there for 11 years before his transfer to Ottawa as a technical officer in the radio regulations division in 1955.

 

Upon his retirement, Mr. Fulton left on a conducted tour of Florida with his wife. After a visit to Expo 67, the couple planned to spend some time in the United Kingdom before taking up residence "somewhere in southwestern British Columbia".

 

The day he retired, fellow employees gathered to offer their good wishes and W. A. Caton, controller of radio regulations, presented Mr. Fulton with a farewell gift on behalf of the gathering.

 

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