Ethel Fordgraduated from Fayetteville State in 1964 with a degree in elementary education. She joins several of her classmates who were challenged by fellow Broncos, Dorothy Hardy, ’64 and Dr. Willis McLeod, ’64 to make a legacy gift to the university. She was convinced that this was something she would like to do. Ford decided to make a legacy gift by naming the school as beneficiary of her life insurance policy and designated her gift to go toward the Willis B. McLeod RISE Scholarship.
“I have done something for my alma mater which enabled me to get out and be successful in my career. FSU assisted me in preparing me for my career in education,” Ford said.
Ford spent her career as an educator, teaching mainly grammar to grades 4-6 and then language arts in grades 6-9. She often taught in “self-contained” classrooms, where she was responsible for all subjects for the students. Ford recalls her first day in her first teaching position in Wilson, with a class of 44 fifth-graders. “They looked at me and I looked at them, whew. We taught each other, that year!” Ford later taught in Washington D.C. for eight years before returning to North Carolina. She received a master’s degree in education from Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) in 1970. She retired in Fairmont, NC where she currently lives.
Some of Ford’s most memorable experiences at FSU center on her participation in the choir and membership in the FSU Drama Guild. While at FSU, she performed in “Blythe Spirit” and “The Boyfriend.” Ft. Bragg provided the band for the musical, “The Boyfriend.” Her love for music and drama followed her. While teaching in Wilson and in Washington, D.C., Ford worked with the school band and the majorettes. She also served as advisor to the Glee Club. Other fond memories include finishing student teaching and seeing her name posted after successfully completing the teacher’s exam.
Ford stays in contact with the friends and classmates she met at FSU as often as possible. “The Class of ’64 was a class of firsts. It is important to stick together,” she said. She advises all alumni to “wear their colors proudly” and support the university in whatever way they are able. Students considering becoming teachers should “look the part” and “be there to share.” Ford likened teaching to performing on stage. “If you aren’t at your best, everyone will know.”
With this planned gift, Ford, becomes a member of the Bronco Legacy Circle. To become a member of the Bronco Legacy Circle, donors must indicate FSU as a beneficiary in their will or be a participant in a planned or deferred gift such as an annuity or charitable lead trust.
Ford is a member of the National Alumni Association. She also holds membership in her beloved Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Ford and her husband are the parents of four and have eight grandchildren.
Mr. Fulmore ensured that support by naming FSU in his estate plans. His motivation was “to provide support to students in perpetuity” though the J.W. Seabrook Scholarship Fund for students in Teacher Education and the Lucille and Julius Fulmore Endowed Scholarship Fund for students from Davie, Guilford, or Robeson counties.
Originally from Maxton, North Carolina, Mr. Fulmore came to FSU (then Fayetteville State Teachers College) in 1944 to study elementary education. At the time, that was the only education degree that a student could earn. He fondly recalls that during this time, near the end of World War II, there were only about 500 students at FSU, with only 25 being males. President and Mrs. Seabrook knew each student by name. The care and concern that the Seabrook’s exhibited for each student was also provided by the faculty and staff. If a student was not performing, they were quickly put “back-on-track”. Besides the coursework, students were strongly “encouraged” to attend Sunday Vespers, and were given a lot of direction in what were correct dress and behavior. Mr. Fulmore remembers Dr. and Mrs. Seabrook tactfully, but kindly, correcting his grammar. Other faculty and staff that who were particularly helpful to Mr. Fulmore include: Mrs. Henrietta T. Norris, the registrar, Mrs. Linna Menns and Mr. and Mrs. James. Mr. James, a minister, was also the librarian.
As a student, Mr. Fulmore earned his tuition and fees in many ways. He served as a driver to President and Mrs. Seabrook, was a helper in the library. He even fired up the furnaces in Vance Hall and Cook Hall during cool months. For these jobs, Mr. Fulmore received $16.00 per month.
While at FSU, Mr. Fulmore was in the Library Club and the college’s Glee Club. He also served a treasurer of his class. Mr. Fulmore still sings with the Chancellor’s Choir and the Men’s Choir at St. James Presbyterian Church in Greensboro. He is still the Class of ‘48’s treasurer, recently presenting a check to FSU for $105,000 – representing the gifts made by the Class of ’48 to the J.W. Seabrook Scholarship Fund at FSU.
After leaving FSU, Mr. Fulmore began as a teacher in Greensboro, but quickly moved to a principal’s position in an elementary school. After 11 years, he was moved to the central office being named Area Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education, responsible for 12 schools. Promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education, he provided leadership to more than 30 schools. Mr. Fulmore later served as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the Greensboro Public Schools and retired as Deputy Superintendent for Personnel for the entire Greensboro Public School system.
Based on Mr. Fulmore’s extensive experience in education, he has words of advice and encouragement to current FSU students: “Remind yourself daily to keep your purpose for being here first and foremost in your mind” and “enjoy yourself, but don’t forget your #1 purpose.”
Mr. Fulmore lovingly reminds alumni to “give back” to ensure other students have an opportunity. “FSU helped you in one way or another and current students need your help. This is what pride in FSU is about – giving back.”
Mr. Fulmore is a member of Sigma Pi Phi and served as the past Sire Archon of the Beta Epsilon Boule’ and is active in the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He has served as a member and Secretary of the Board of Trustees for Guilford Technical Community College and on the Board of Directors for the Bell House. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greensboro Cerebral Palsy Association and the Greensboro Men’s Club. He currently serves on the Board of Visitors for Greensboro College and Oakridge Military Institute.
Mr. Fulmore and his wife, Lucille, have been married for over 55 years.