W. Terrell Fulton, 86

Savings bank executive

April 17, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

W. Terrell Fulton, a retired savings bank executive and World War II veteran, died of heart failure Monday at his Lutherville home. He was 86.

Mr. Fulton was born in Baltimore and raised on Barclay Street in the city's Waverly neighborhood.

After graduating from City College in 1938, he began his banking career as a clerk with Provident Savings Bank at Howard and Lexington streets.

He rose through the ranks to become senior vice president and headed the advertising, public relations and human resources departments.

Mr. Fulton, who had been president of the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Banking, retired in 1984.

During World War II, Mr. Fulton served with an Army artillery unit in Europe. He earned a Bronze Star for "heroic achievement," for directing artillery fire after the Germans launched a heavy counterattack during the Battle of Hurtgen Forest in 1944.

"Although his radio operator was wounded, he remained in his exposed position and directed the fire, at the same time protecting himself and his radio operator with his automatic rifle," said the Bronze Star citation.

Mr. Fulton, who attained the rank of lieutenant, was also awarded a Purple Heart for being wounded in the leg by shrapnel during the spring of 1945.

"That's how he got to see Paris during his recuperation and before rejoining his unit," said his son, Dennis T. Fulton of Towson. "He was recalled for duty during the Korean War and was sent to Europe. He said it was better the second time around because he wasn't being shot at."

Mr. Fulton was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was a former president of the Kiwanis Club of Hampden and Mount Washington.

He had been a member of the board of the Advertising Club of Baltimore, a member of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Historical Society, and a longtime supporter of the Lutherville Volunteer Fire Co.

Mr. Fulton was an Orioles fan, enjoyed completing crossword puzzles and attending his grandsons' Little League and Johns Hopkins University baseball games.

One of his prized processions, his son said, was a charred baseball he retrieved after the old Oriole Park burned July 4, 1944.

Mr. Fulton's wife of 58 years, the former Savina E. Strohecker, died in 2002.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Also surviving are a daughter, Deborah Ann Berger of Owings Mills; and two grandsons.

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