Joseph Fuller, member of the UT board of trustees and a Kingsport
attorney, died of an apparent heart attack Thursday, July 6. He was

Fuller said he considered his appointment to be an honor and a big
responsibility when he was appointed by former Gov. Ned McWherter in 1993.
His position was to represent the first Congressional District.

A new trustee will be appointed by Gov. Don to finish Fuller's term.

An active member of the board, Fuller served on the Development of Alumni
Affairs and Governmental Relations Committee, the Public Service and
Community Relations Committee and was the Vice Chair of the Faculty and
Staff Affairs Committee.

Fuller often spoke of improving the quality of the university and wanted to
protect its academic integrity. At the meeting of the board on June 29, he
said, "If we do anything to diminish the value of the diploma, we diminish
the value of this university."

Fuller graduated from UT Junior College in Martin in 1949 and earned a law
degree from UT Knoxville in 1952.

"We are saddened by the death of Joe Fuller," said UT President Joe
Johnson. "He served the university with distinction, giving his time
unselfishly to the work of the board and its committees. We will miss him
and the wise, thoughtful counsel he provided. The university extends its
sympathy to his wife, Ann and their daughter, Cynthia."

Fuller practiced law for more than 40 years and was a senior partner in the
law firm of Fuller and Vaughn of Kingsport. He was a member of the
Kingsport and Tennessee bar associations, the American and Tennessee trial
lawyers associations and the American Board of Trial Advocates.

He was a member of First Broad Street United Methodist Church in Kingsport.
Services were held there Sunday.