It is with deep sadness that ACTA notes the passing of Joe Fulcher, a key leader at the Stuttering Foundation since 1984 and the husband of our board member Jane Fraser. Joe passed away on October 6, 2017. We were honored to meet him at past ACTA events, and we mourn his death.
Joe touched the lives of so many people, dedicating decades of service to the Albuquerque-based Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute (LRRI), Lovelace Foundation, and Lovelace Medical Center and to the Stuttering Foundation of America. His work with LRRI and its operations began in 1951 when he moved from his home in Texas to Albuquerque as a part of a consulting team entrusted with reorganizing the clinic’s accounting department. His commitment to the organization was unstinting. Joe noted that he was inspired by their example of combining medical services, medical research and medical education; this inspiration was a wellspring for his great generosity to the LRRI and its affiliates. He earned his law degree from the University of New Mexico in 1973, and served the organization as general counsel, board member, and other professional roles over more than 60 years. Joe brought his excellent vision and knowledge of nonprofits to his more than 30-year affiliation with The Stuttering Foundation, a Memphis-based international organization founded in 1947 to help children and adults who stutter. With Jane Fraser as its president, Joe served as Vice President, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, and member of the annual audit committee. In the underdeveloped world, attention to speech disorders is often lacking. With Jane’s leadership and Joe’s guidance, the Stuttering Foundation was able to improve the lives of adults and children in over 135 countries.
We at ACTA were grateful to him for the dedicated support that he, along with Jane, gave to us. We send our deepest condolences to his wife Jane, his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. His was a life of service and devotion to others. May he rest in peace.
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