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FLORENCE - Dr. Ellen O. Fuller, an educator and research physiologist whose career spanned more than a half-century, died Monday, November 16, 2015 at McLeod Hospice House. She was 92. Her husband, of 60 years, E.E. (Tom) Fuller passed away in 2006.

Dr. Fuller lived most of the year at her home in Searsport, Me., overlooking Penobscot Bay. She spent winter months at the Methodist Manor in Florence. While raising her two boys and two girls in Atlanta, Dr. Fuller returned to school in 1960. After receiving a B.S. in nursing from the Medical College of Georgia, she continued her education at Emory University, where she earned an M.Sc. and then her Ph.D. in physiology in 1968.

Her teaching career in Atlanta included appointments as an associate professor in applied health sciences at Georgia State University, assistant professor of physiology at Emory University, visiting fellow at Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania, and associate professor in physiology at Emory. In 1980, she was appointed director of the Center for Nursing Research and associate professor of physiology, a joint appointment to the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine.

In Searsport, she served multiple terms on the Board of Directors of the Mosman Memorial Park Association, the Penobscot Marine Museum, and the Searsport Historical Society.

She is survived by daughter Cynthia Fuller and husband Bill Cotterell of Tallahassee, Fl., son Mark D. Fuller of Florence, SC, daughter Marion Fuller Aller and husband Charles Aller of Crawfordville, Fl., son Andrew Y. Fuller of Smyrna, Ga., daughter-in-law Mary L. Fuller of Florence, SC.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Searsport Historical Society in Searsport, Me., or the American Heart Association.

A memorial service is scheduled at 11:00 AM on Friday, November 20, 2015 at the Methodist Manor in Florence.
Published on  November 19, 2015
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