Edmund D. “Ted” Fuller III (1934-2021)
Fuller is the President’s Award recipient, given to a Rhode Islander involved with aviation who made his primary mark in another field. Fuller’s visionary entrepreneurship in the hospitality industry, combined with his extensive philanthropy, are the bases for this award. He founded and operated Gregg’s Taverns and Restaurants, and for decades was a force in the RI Hospitality Association. Flying was a lifelong passion, and he owned several different private aircraft. Born and raised in Pawtucket, he graduated from St Raphael Academy and lived in Warwick. Johnson & Wales awarded Fuller an Honorary Doctorate in 2003.