was born in Wakefield, Illinois, and received degrees in chemistry from
the University of Montana, the University of California at Berkeley, and
the University of Minnesota. He held a postdoctoral appointment at Harvard,
studying with Professor E. P. Kohler, after which he served briefly as
an instructor. He joined the Department of Chemistry at the University
of Illinois in 1927. He retired in 1963 after thirty-five years as a distinguished
teacher and researcher.
During his teaching career, Fuson supervised 76 undergraduate research
students, 15 postdoctoral fellows, and 154 doctoral candidates. Fuson
published 285 scientific articles and wrote or co-wrote five textbooks,
including The Systematic Identification of Organic Compounds.
Fusons research interests were broad and significant and included
the enunciation of the principle of vinylogy, elucidation of the conjugate
addition of Grignard reagents to unsaturated carbonyls compounds, and
the discovery of stable enols and enediols of sterically hindered molecules.
Fusons accomplishments were recognized by membership in the National
Academy of Sciences and he received the Nichols Medal, the Manufacturing
Chemists Association Award for College Teaching, and the John R.
Kuebler Award of Alpha Chi Sigma. He was a member of the editorial boards
of Organic Syntheses and the Journal of the American Chemical