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Bernard Fulton, RIP

17 June 2009

The obituary gives a sketch and a fitting photo, but it does not capture the scale of the man’s passion for children and his insistence on the highest quality education for all.  Bernard Fulton was headmaster at Greenhill School in Dallas all six of the years I had the privilege of attending school there, until we left Dallas for Albuquerque in 1976.  My mom taught under his leadership at Greenhill and kept in touch with him until his death this past Sunday.

He reminds me of Ronald Reagan:  larger than life, affable, fun-loving, gentle, tough-minded, and dignified…and yet able to loosen his tie and his collar button, roll up his sleeves, and get involved with what the kids were doing.  He was dearly loved across the spectrum, and he exemplified the pioneer’s unique form of sacrifice, the sacrifice of the trailblazer, who cheerfully and thanklessly clears the weeds and the thickets – so that others might have a freeway that they can later take for granted, as if it had always been there.  But it hadn’t always been there, and it wouldn’t have been there in Farmer’s Branch if not for this wonderful man and his dear, sweet wife.  Even three decades removed, their imprint on me remains.

Mr. Fulton, rest in peace.  By God’s grace, you enriched us for 99 years.

qb

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  1. notesalongthepath permalink
    17 June 2009 11:04 pm

    Your beautiful eulogy!

  2. 19 June 2009 5:44 pm

    I shared your thoughts with Georgie at the visitation this afternoon. She was touched and ask that I forward the message to her…I hope I can figure out how to do it. Her response was “but he was just a little guy…and daddy touched his heart. ” MA

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    .The obituary gives a sketch and a fitting photo, but it does not capture the scale of the man’s passion for children and his insistence on the highest quality education for all. Bernard Fulton was headmaster at Greenhill School in Dallas all six of the years I had the privilege of attending school there, until we left Dallas for Albuquerque in 1976. My mom taught under his leadership at Greenhill and kept in touch with him until his death this past Sunday.

    He reminds me of Ronald Reagan: larger than life, affable, fun-loving, gentle, tough-minded, and dignified…and yet able to loosen his tie and his collar button, roll up his sleeves, and get involved with what the kids were doing. He was dearly loved across the spectrum, and he exemplified the pioneer’s unique form of sacrifice, the sacrifice of the trailblazer, who cheerfully and thanklessly clears the weeds and the thickets – so that others might have a freeway that they can later take for granted, as if it had always been there. But it hadn’t always been there, and it wouldn’t have been there in Farmer’s Branch if not for this wonderful man and his dear, sweet wife. Even three decades removed, their imprint on me remains.

    Mr. Fulton, rest in peace. By God’s grace, you enriched us for 99 years.

    qb

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    2009 June 17 notesalongthepath permalink
    Your beautiful eulogy!

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