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1917 - 2014 James D. Fullerton died peacefully, surrounded by loved ones on July 14, 2014. Born in 1917 in St. Louis, Missouri, Jim lived in Pasadena, California for most of his ninety-seven years. There he attended Polytechnic School and later graduated from Culver Military Academy in Indiana. Jim received a A.B. in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. While at Stanford he met his beautiful wife, Harriet, to whom he was married for more than seventy years. After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Jim enlisted in the United States Army as a private and rose to the rank of major in the 76th Field Artillery Horse Drawn. He earned four battle stars and a bronze star medal. His novel, "When We Had The Horses," is based on his World War II experiences. Not surprisingly, he was the Communications Officer of the battalion. After the war, he and Harriet moved to Mexico City where he enjoyed a brief career writing short stories. Jim spent most of his professional life working for Capital Group in Los Angeles where he met many of his lifelong friends. He began at Capital by writing shareholder reports. By the time he retired in 1984, he had served eleven years as Chairman. The investment world was both his career and personal passion, as Jim invested in people and charities as well. He was a philanthropist who gave his time and energy to organizations focused on children, education and healthcare. Through his support and encouragement, he was a role model and mentor to countless others. He was an accomplished polo player and committed swimmer who was in the pool every day into his nineties. Whether it was writing fiction, shareholder reports, speeches or jokes, Jim was always a great storyteller. He will long be remembered for his wit, charm, integrity and unwavering optimism. Onward and Upward, Jim Fullerton!! Jim is survived by two daughters, Victoria and Alexa, and two granddaughters, Oriana and Elizabeth. He was predeceased by his wife, Harriet, and son, Jimmy, who heroically gave his life in the Vietnam War. A memorial service is planned for September. Memorial contributions or donations may be made to the Huntington Hospital, Pasadena, CA.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on July 20, 2014
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