John Fuller Obituary

John Gilbert Fuller
John Gilbert Fuller

March 9, 1929 - June 25, 2019
Born in Indianapolis, Indiana
Resided in Warrenville, Illinois


John Gilbert Fuller, award-winning poet, author, and attorney, died on the 25th of June. He was 90 years old. At his bedside was his daughter, Kathleen Fuller Davidson.

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1929, Mr. Fuller attended The Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut, then Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He was a backstroker on the Brown University swim team and was a member of their New England Championship teams in 1950 and 1951. His pace was a fraction of a second short of the Olympic record at that time. While studying at Brown, he wrote an award-winning short story, Emma Gets Her Way.

He attended Northwestern Law School and passed the bar before being drafted. A Korean War Veteran, he served in the artillery before joining JAG, the judicial corps, at Fort Benning, Georgia.

He met his wife, Joyce Valiquet Fuller of Chicago, Illinois, on the Rhine River while traveling in Germany. They were married for more than 65 years, before she died in 2015.

Despite early success in the law, Mr. Fuller decided to follow his passion and became an author. In 1960, he moved his family to Vienna, Austria for three years, and then Barcelona, Spain for one year. During that time, he wrote his novel Portrait of a Boy. It was published in 1968.

He dedicated much of the rest of his life to poetry, and won numerous awards, including the President’s Award for Literary Excellence from the National Author’s Registry in 1968.

Through the years, Mr. Fuller published several volumes of his poetry, including The Forest Holds a Secret Place and Thoughts on the Wind.

He is survived by his four children, David, Kathleen, John, and Anthony, as well as eleven grandchildren.




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