EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the 6th chapter in a 13-part series saluting the 2020 Ashland County Sports Hall of Fame class.
ASHLAND -- Ed Fulton was born to Edmund and Margaret Fulton on Dec. 21, 1941 in Ashland. He is the youngest of three children.
He is a 1959 graduate of Ashland High School and Ashland University in 1964. Ed furthered his education earning an additional undergraduate degree and two graduate degrees.
Ed was an all-star little league baseball player and played pony league baseball. He was a 7-year letter winner at Ashland High School. He participated in cross-country, basketball, and tennis.
He earned four letters in tennis and played No. 1 in singles and doubles. Ed played one year of basketball and four years of tennis at Ashland University. He also played several years of competitive basketball and fast-pitch softball before leaving the Ashland area.
Ed taught middle school and high school in Richland County for five years. He coached football, basketball, and track at Johnny Appleseed Middle School and scouted for Malabar High School. He coached golf at Clear Fork High School. Upon retirement he returned to Ashland and was assistant Ashland High school girls golf coach.
Ed moved to Florida in 1969. He became branch sales and finance manager for a division of Admiral Corporation in North Miami Beach, Florida. Upon the sale of Admiral Corporation in 1979, Ed joined Mitel Corporation in Boca Raton, Florida serving in the finance department.
In 1985 he transitioned to Lockheed Martin Aero Space in San Diego, California. Ed had the opportunity to relocate to Denver, Colorado, and Reston, Virginia, while serving Lockheed Martin. He remained with Lockheed Martin until retirement in 2006.
Prior to recognition by the Ashland County Athletic Hall of Fame, there were many contributing factors leading to that end.
While attending Ashland High School, Ed was a YMCA leader which entailed working with younger boys teaching various skills in the numerous classes offered. While attending Ashland University, he assisted in noon supervision at Grant Street elementary school and upon graduation taught and coached at the previously mentioned schools.
Once back in Ashland, Ed volunteered at Brookside Golf working with junior golfers. This soon expanded to supporting a few golfers in their basketball endeavors. It has grown into supporting Ashland High School football, basketball, soccer, softball, track and choral events. Further expansion has led to financial support in these disciplines.
Ed supported and followed Ashland University basketball. Support in all these areas has been ongoing for the last 13 years. These continuing activities are a result of understanding that doing things for others, and not oneself, is a very rewarding way to live.
Ed passed away on Jan. 6, 2021.