Robert Henry Fulton

March 30, 2010

By Staff

Robert Henry Fulton

Robert Fulton

Robert Henry Fulton died peacefully March 24, 2010, after battling 16 months of various health challenges. His mind was set on returning to the “urban woods” and his beloved home in Sammamish — a goal he nearly accomplished. He was 75.A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. April 3 at Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home.

Robert, son of the late Rev. Nathan and Nancy Fulton was born in Baltimore on Aug. 4, 1934. He is survived by brothers Cephas Fulton, of Virginia, and James Fulton, of Avondale, Md. He was preceded in death by sisters Lauretta Dickey and Clarice Gore, of Baltimore.

He was married to Joan D. Boozer. From this marriage came his only children — Vaunda D. Fulton, of Kirkland; Quanda R. Evans, of Bellevue; and Robert H. Fulton II, of Bothell. He is also survived by four grandchildren.

Robert graduated from Dunbar High School in Baltimore in 1951. He attended Howard University for two years and joined the United States Air Force in 1953. Attaining the rank of sergeant, he was honorably discharged in 1957. Robert continued his education at the University of Washington, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in engineering and computer science; the University of California at Berkley, where he obtained his Master of Science in engineering; and the U.W., where he received his doctorate in computer science.

Robert began his civilian work career with General Dynamic in Pomona, Calif., and then worked for General Electric Atomic Energy Division in San Jose, Calif. Robert then took a position with The Boeing Co. in Seattle, and retired after more than 50 years in various departments there.

Robert moved his family to Kirkland in 1968. He enjoyed coaching his children in various youth sports programs, designing and building dangerous (but fun) play equipment for the back yard, and performing car maintenance — whether it needed it or not. In retirement, he enjoyed dancing, listening to jazz, exploring the great outdoors and spending an exorbitant amount of time at the Boeing Fitness Center. He also enjoyed socializing with friends, which included his loyal friend of more than 40 years — Albert DePaoli.

Arrangements are by Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory.

Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guest book at

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