Robert C. Fulford was born on September 12, 1905, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to a middle class family with a father who worked as an attorney and a mother who worked as a school teacher. Young Robert was a “sickly child,” so as he got older the family moved out to the country to improve his health, relocating to a farm in Mt. Washington, Ohio, near Cincinnati. Robert quickly learned the discipline of farm life, doing early morning chores, caring for cows, horses, pigs, and chickens. This discipline would serve him well the rest of his life. His health improved.