April 3, 1932 - March 14, 2015 Dr. Armand J. Fulco, Professor Emeritus of Biological Chemistry at the UCLA School of Medicine, died peacefully at his home in Westwood on March 14, 2015. Dr. Fulco had been a faculty member at UCLA School of Medicine since 1965. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, Dr. Fulco received a B.S. degree in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Physiological Chemistry, both from UCLA. Upon completing his doctorate, he moved to Harvard University to continue his training in lipid biochemistry as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Konrad Bloch. He returned to UCLA in 1963 and became a research biochemist in the Department of Biophysics and Nuclear Medicine. Dr. Fulco was an elected member of the School of Medicine Faculty Executive Committee and an integral member of the Medical School Admissions Committee. He was also a member of the Medical School Admissions Policy Committee, represented the School of Medicine on the Selection Committee of the Residency Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, served as Co-Director of the Lipid-Hormone Core Laboratory, UCLA Clinical Nutrition Unit, and was as a member of the National Institutes of Health Physiological Chemistry and Physical Biochemistry Study Sections. Dr. Fulco also served on the organizing committees of numerous international meetings and as a board member for seven international scientific conferences in Lipid and P450 Biochemistry. He was a member of the UCLA Molecular Biology Institute, the UCLA-Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UCLA Center for the Study of Evolution and the Origin of Life. A highly respected and published biochemist and molecular biologist, Dr. Fulco trained numerous graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Underscoring his commitment to medical education, he continued to be an active teacher as an emeritus faculty member and in 2004 received the Excellence in Teaching Award, presented by the UCLA School of Medicine Class of 2006, as well as the UCLA Staff Assembly Partnership Award Among Dr. Fulco's honors are the Distinguished Foreign Scientist Research Award from the National Institutes of Agrobiological Resources (Japan) and listings in Marquis Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World. Dr. Fulco, a writer and poet, was also an accomplished photographer with a passion for black and white photography. He built two darkrooms in his home, one for himself and the other for his wife Virginia, who was his artistic muse. His evocative photographs have been featured several times in the UCLA School of Medicine's BEAT magazine, a journal of literary and artistic expression for the UCLA Medical Community. His work has also been showcased at local art galleries and at the annual UCLA Emeriti art exposition. Dr. Fulco will be remembered for his deep love of family, his kindness and generosity, his creativity and his love of social gatherings. Armed with a sharp intellect and a devastating sense of humor, Dr. Fulco was a Bruin through and through, reveling in UCLA's rivalry with USC. His love of Los Angeles was matched only by his love of Paris, world literature, music, especially New Orleans jazz, and his mischievous cats. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Dr. Fulco was the son of Dr. Herman and Mrs. Clelia Fulco. A loving and beloved father, Dr. Fulco was preceded in death by his wife Virginia, his son William, one of the early developers of ARPANET, which would later become the Internet, his daughter Lisa, an interior designer, and his sister Yvonne. He is survived by his two daughters Linda and Suzanne, his grandson Arian, with whom he shared his home, and his brother, the Reverend William J. Fulco, S.J., National Endowment for the Humanities Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Loyola Marymount University. A private memorial to celebrate Dr. Fulco's life will be held at the UCLA Faculty Center on April 13. This extraordinary man will be deeply missed by his family, his many friends and colleagues and decades of UCLA medical students.
Published by Los Angeles Times from Mar. 26 to Mar. 29, 2015.