ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 2, 2005) -- A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, in Galbreath Chapel on the Ohio University campus for Dr. Stephen (Steve) H. Fuller, a respected professor and alumnus of Ohio University, who passed away Jan. 25. Born in southeastern Ohio on Feb. 4, 1920, he was 84 years old.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Frances Mulhearn Fuller, and his four sons, Teofilo Fuller, Mark B. Fuller, Roger Palaganas and Joseph B. Fuller. He will be remembered for his enthusiasm, vision and generosity in both academic and business venues.
An advocate of higher education and ethical business management, Dr. Fuller served as a professor of business administration for a quarter of a century, first at Harvard Business School and later at Ohio University. In 1941 he earned his bachelor's degree from Ohio University and later earned master's and doctoral degrees in business administration from Harvard Business School. In 1977, he received an honorary doctorate from Ohio University and held four additional honorary doctorates from various universities.
As an Ohio University student, Dr. Fuller was active in the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, the Omicron Delta Kappa-Torch honor society, the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society, and the J-Club for junior men. He also served as president of both the student body and the national championship debate team. Dr. Fuller was a trustee of The Ohio University Foundation Board from 1976 to 1993.
A supporter of global managerial advancement, Dr. Fuller played a key role in establishing the Asian Institute of Management in Manila, the first full-time graduate school of management in Southeast Asia. In recognition of his role in creating the institute, the Philippine government awarded him its Medal of Merit, the highest honor it can bestow on a citizen of another country. In 1969, he became the first president of the institute.
Dr. Fuller's expertise and years of experience influenced not only higher education, but also the business industry. He was vice president of personnel of the General Motors Corporation for 11 years and served as chairman and CEO and chairman of World Book, Inc.
He received numerous awards from Ohio University, including the Award for Achievement in Business from the College of Business in 1984, the university's Medal of Merit in 1972 and the Alumnus of the Year Award in 1991.
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