Long time McLean, VA resident and retired Central Intelligence Agency officer Robert M. Fulton passed away in the early morning hours of June 18, 2012, at Virginia Hospital Center, Arlington, VA, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 83 years old. Born October 30, 1928, in Oxnard, CA, to Roy and Flossie Fulton, Bob was the quintessential California golden boy, handsome, athletic and outgoing. A track star in high school and college, Bob earned his Bachelor's Degree in Economics and a Master's Degree in Soviet Studies, from the University of California at Berkeley. Bob enlisted in the US Army in 1951 at the outbreak of the Korean War and was channeled into intelligence work. He was sent to the Army Language School to learn the Russian language and, after his army discharge in 1954, Bob was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency where he worked until his retirement in 1979. Bob served in Helsinki, Finland; Copenhagen, Denmark; Vietnam (Hue and Saigon); Bangkok, Thailand; and Moscow, USSR. When he retired from government service he continued his interest in foreign affairs by starting an import/export business in the burgeoning Chinese market. Bob was in Beijing during the Tiananmen demonstrations in early June 1989, and departed Beijing just as the Chinese PLA began their crackdown on the demonstrators.Bob was preceded in death by his parents and twin siblings, Jim and Jean. He is survived by nieces Jan Miracle of Palm Desert, CA; Debi Lennox of Upland, CA; and Anne Wallgren of Boulder City, NV. He is also survived by two nephews; Dave Fulton of Port Hueneme, CA and Allan Sawyer of San Diego, CA.Bob was loyal and true to his friends and family and will be missed by all who knew him.He will be interred in Ventura, California, near his birth place.

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Thinking back on his friendship, I feel honored to have been considered his friend. Bob had this unique ability to find the humor in any situation, and the endearing ability to laugh at himself. He will be sorely missed.
Ray Lau
July 4, 2012
We will miss our lifetime friend.
Ron and Betsey Hayman
July 3, 2012
God bless you Bob.
Bobby Harris
June 26, 2012
Bob's passing is a huge loss. He was one of the kindest and most caring people I have ever known. A true gentleman and a "one of a kind" man. It has been a privilege to know Bob these many years and to have had him as a good friend.
Bruce Henderson
June 26, 2012
Bob was a warm and generous friend and colleague in Moscow and afterwards. Remember with great fondness our infamous trip to the Caucasus and the Laurel and Hardy efforts of our 'minders' to get us to tell them "what are you really doing in Baku - - the caviar you can get in Moscow!"
We will all miss him and wish I had spent more time with this wonderful person in more recent years -- a lesson for us all.
Michael Lemmon
June 25, 2012
A true gentleman, a wonderful host - he could throw a fantastic party - a great cook and a fantastic dancer! And the consumate professional. Those of us who knew you have an empty place. You shall be missed.
Lynne Pazuros
June 24, 2012
Bob was a great friend and a wonderful person. We first met him in the mid-1970s when he arrived in Moscow. Among the great times we had together, we shared, we especially recall when he visited us in Beijing in the early 80s. We traveled by train all over China. Bob was always quick to spot humor in any situation, and he had plenty to work with on that occasion. He kept us in stitches and left us with enough humorous anecdotes to last a lifetime. We feel very fortunate to have been blessed with Bob's friendship. Jack & Suzie Downing
June 24, 2012
I will remember Bob as a cherished occasional friend. Getting together with Bob was always an occasion, in Washington, Hong Kong, Beijing, or McLean. Ready in humor, tentative in judging people, incisive in discussing events and life's vicissitudes, Bob will be well regarded in our memory and conversations.
Michael Ceurvorst
June 24, 2012
Bob was by far and away my favorite station chief in my State Foreign Service career.
Thomas Tracy
June 24, 2012
Bob chose the difficult path and lived a full and purposeful life. His quick wit and dry sense of humor helped make a bad situation more pleasant. He was liked and respected by everyone; a man of honor and integrity.
Terry & Jerry Ellis
June 24, 2012
Bob will be missed as he was loved by so many and has left us with happy memories.
Carol Edmonds
June 24, 2012
To Bob's family, you have my deepest sympathy. Bob was an unsung American Hero. Most of his exploits during the cold war will be known only to a few. He was a leader, a warrior, a patriot and a friend. He will be missed.
Jon Monett
June 23, 2012
Bob's friendship was a genuine thing to behold and enjoy. In situations /events that are best described as iffy to bad, he was always the calm,cool and collected one. His many friends are testimony of his great character. Move on, Bob, your good name will remain in many minds.
Jack P
June 23, 2012
To Bob's family, many of whom I met in Bethesda, MD, on March 31 of this year ~ my heart goes out to all of you; I'm so glad to have known Bob and to have had him in my family's life, through my aunt, Janet Nixon. Love to each of you ~
Jane Moore
June 23, 2012
Bob was the quintessential gentleman and he possessed the most remarkable sense of humor I have ever encountered. I never hear the refrain “Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog” from the classic “Joy To The World” by Three Dog Night but what I remember Bob and Bangkok, fondly. The world is surely a poorer place for his passing.
Mike Burns
June 23, 2012
A true friend and mentor. He leaves a huge void in our lives.
Ray Lau
June 23, 2012
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