Eugene Fellner Hull, M. D.
City of Troy

This biography is from Troy and Rensselaer County, New York, Volume III, by Rutherford Hayner, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., New York and Chicago, 1925. It was submitted by Debby Masterson.

EUGENE FELLNER HULL, M. D.—Among those who gave their lives in the service of their country during the World War is Dr. Eugene Fellner Hull, who, after fighting the "flu" night and day for several weeks, and saving many lives in the camp at Little Rock, Arkansas, contracted pneumonia and died there. He had been ordered to France, and would have sailed October 15, 1918, but had been ordered to remain at the camp because of the need of physicians to combat the "flu" epidemic.

Eugene Fellner Hull was born October 4, 1888, near the town of Berlin, New York, on what is now known as the lower Whitney farm, son of Alson J. Hull, who was at one time supervisor of Berlin, and was several times elected superintendent of highways of Rensselaer county, and of Lillian (Allen) Hull. His education was received in various schools, beginning in the public schools of Berlin, and of Boston, Massachusetts. Later he was a student in the Williamstown High School and finally graduated from the Berlin High School in 1909. Upon the completion of his high school course he matriculated in Albany Medical College, from which he was graduated in 1913 with the degree Doctor of Medicine. He then served an interneship in Mercy Hospital, at Schenectady, New York. He then began practice in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where he remained until the entrance of the United States into the World War. In June, 1918, he enlisted for service and was commissioned a first lieutenant in the United States army. On September 1, 1918, he was sent to Camp Greenleaf, Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, where he was assigned to Company 26, Battalion 7, of the medical officers' training camp, where he was appointed first lieutenant of his company in training. He received orders to sail with his company for France, October 15, 1918, but in the meantime the need of physicians to combat the epidemic in the cantonment in Little Rock, Arkansas, became so great that the order was withdrawn and the remainder of his life was spent fighting for the lives of his comrades in camp. Weakened by hard work and long hours at the bedside of his sick comrades, he contracted a severe case of pneumonia which proved fatal, his death occurring October i8, 1918. West Stockbridge people speak in highest terms of Dr. Hull, both as a physician, a citizen and a soldier. After his death, when West Stockbridge citizens made their contribution to the United War Fund, they named their fund the Dr. Hull fund as a slight token of their appreciation of the devoted service rendered by Dr. Hull. The Dr. Hull fund was the first to be raised in Berkshire for united war work, and the citizens of that town had the quota subscribed on the very first day of the drive. Dr. Hull always took an active part in all the affairs of the groups with which he was connected. During his student days he was a member of the Senior Banquet Committee of the Albany Medical College in 1913, and also of the Union track team in 1911. He contributed his share to the common welfare by serving as health officer of West Stockbridge for a period of four years, and by rendering efficient service as a member of the school board of West Stockbridge. Fraternally he was a member of Star Lodge, No. 670, of Petersburg, New York; and of Beta Chapter, of the Phi Sigma Kappa college fraternity. Dr. Hull's family were members of the Baptist church of Berlin, and he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Boston, Massachusetts. There are many in West Stockbridge, in Albany, and scattered throughout the country, who will long remember the kind, efficient, and devoted services of Dr. Hull. Many of those who were in camp at Little Rock owe to his efficiency and devotion their lives, and many of those who were not themselves needing his services remember with deep gratitude and admiration the quality of his weeks of work there. Though he did not live to engage in actual conflict on the front lines, he most truly gave his life in active service behind the front lines where his skill was most needed.

On June 14, 1914, at Berlin, New York, Dr. Eugene Fellner Hull married Nellie Tilley, daughter of Merritt Elmore and Caroline E. (Snyder) Tilley. Dr. and Mrs. Hull were the parents of one son, Eugene Fellner Hull, Jr., who was born December 30, 1915.

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