For Immediate Release


November 18, 2006


RIC Athletic Hall of Famer
Mark Fullam ’60 Passes Away at Age 72


Providence, RI—Rhode Island College is saddened by the loss of Athletic Hall of Famer Mark Fullam ’60, who passed away in his home in Florida last night at the age of 72. A memorial service will be held in Rhode Island in the coming weeks.


A memorial fund in Fullam’s name has been established to benefit Rhode Island College student-athletes. Donation can be made out to: Rhode Island College Athletics and sent to 600 Mt. Pleasant Ave., Providence, RI 02908.


Fullam played three sports for the Anchormen from 1957-60. He played four seasons of basketball, three in soccer and one in baseball. Fullam co-captained the soccer and basketball squads and received the John E. Hetherman Award, signifying him as RIC’s top male senior athlete in 1960.


Upon earning his bachelor’s degree in education in May of 1960, the Woonsocket native embarked on an impressive career in education, spanning 36 years. He spent 22 years (’60-’66, ’80-’96) as a teacher and coach in the Broward Country School System in Hollywood, Florida. In 1963-64, Fullam traveled to Iran as a Fulbright Scholar and lectured at the University of Meshed. He returned to Iran in 1967 and worked at the Tehran American School as a teacher, coach, then as the Director of Athletics and Student Activities. During this time period, Fullam served as President of the Middle Eastern Schools Athletic Association. This organization held competitions in athletics and extracurricular activities in countries throughout the Middle East. Fullam remained in Iran until evacuated in February of 1979 following that country’s revolution. During that year, he served as the Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, Bill Keough, who was held as one of the 52 hostages by the Iranians for 444 days. In 1980, Fullam resumed his teaching and coaching duties back in Florida. He primarily coached baseball, swimming and basketball, and also served as an official for baseball, football and basketball. He retired in 1996.


He hailed from Woonsocket, Rhode Island and is a 1951 graduate of Woonsocket High School.