1971 Horatio Alger Award Winner
"Look for new ways of doing things."
Born of immigrant parents in 1933, Robert Fogarty was forced to drop out of high school at 14, after his father had become seriously ill. For four years, he worked as a day laborer and as a shipping clerk, and then enlisted in the Air Force. While in the service, he earned his high school diploma. After his discharge from the Air Force, he won a scholarship to Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, he graduated in three years. In 1959, he became a management trainee with Burlington Industries. In 1963, he became a marketing manager for a furniture company. Three years later, he headed a large subsidiary of Schlumberger, Ltd., an international conglomerate. In 1970, he launched his own business, Habitation Resources, and quickly acquired Mode, a furniture manufacturer. He took the ailing company to new heights of success.* Deceased