Ellen Fuller, Nursing and Physiology

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Ellen O. Fuller, professor emeritus at Penn’s School of Nursing, died on November 16, 2015 at McLeod Hospice House in Florence, South Carolina. She was 92 years old.

In 1945, she enlisted in the US Army Nurse Corps. She served in the allergy clinic during World War II at a hospital for convalescing soldiers on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where she met her future husband, who was a patient. Dr. Fuller earned her BS in nursing from the Medical College of Georgia. She then attended Emory University, earning her MSc and then her PhD in physiology in 1968. She taught on the faculties of Georgia State University and Emory University and was a visiting fellow at Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania.

She joined Penn in 1980 as associate professor of nursing (Almanac May 19, 1981) and the first director of the Center for Nursing Research at Penn’s School of Nursing. She was also associate professor of physiology, a joint appointment in Penn’s School of Nursing and Perelman School of Medicine. In 1985, she was promoted to professor of physiology (Almanac July 9, 1985).

She served on Penn’s Faculty Senate, first as secretary (Almanac March 2, 1982) and then as an at-large member (Almanac April 24, 1984), and on the University Council (Almanac December 4, 1984). She was also editor of the School of Nursing’s Nursing Research Newsletter (Almanac April 6, 1982). She retired in 1988.

Dr. Fuller is survived by two daughters, Cynthia (Bill Cotterell) and Marion Fuller Aller (Charles Aller); two sons, Mark and Andrew; and one daughter-in-law, Mary.
The family suggests donations to the Searsport Historical Society, 4 Sears Island Road, Searsport, ME 04974, or to the American Heart Association (http://www.heart.org).