Indiana Neurological Society Since 1965

WILLIAM H. FULTON, MD (1933 -2023)

I must unfortunately inform all of you that the Indiana Neurological Society has lost another of its original founders.  On Wednesday, January 18, 2023, Dr. William Fulton passed away.  He was born on August 5, 1933 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  He attended undergraduate college and medical School, both, at Indiana University.  He interned at Marion County General Hospital after which he practiced family medicine with his father-in-law Dr.Emhardt.  This lasted only briefly as he entered the Army where he served as a Captain for a couple of years.  On his return to Indianapolis, he entered the Neurology residency at Indiana University School of Medicine which he completed in 1964.  At that time he was only the 5th physician practicing Neurology full-time in the state of Indiana, the 4th in Indianapolis, and only the 3rd in private Neurology practice in Indianapolis.

Dr. Fulton started practicing on the south side of Indianapolis in the St. Francis Hospital area. He ultimately had privileges at St. Vincent, Community and IU hospitals.  In addition to a prolific clinical practice, Dr. Fulton was an active teacher and mentor.  He maintained a clinical associate professorship in the Department of Neurology at IU School of Medicine and regularly staffed a teaching clinic at Wishard Memorial Hospital for over 40 years.  Dr. Fulton was also the Neurology consultant for the Logansport Mental Health Hospital for more than 20 years.  He served as the President of the University Height Hospital (now, Community South) house staff.

He received honors for 40 years of service at IU School of Medicine.  He was also honored by St Franciscan Health for 50 years and, again, for 60 years of service in the provision of Neurological health care in their system and the community.  He was honored by the city of Indianapolis with the declaration of a Dr. William H. Fulton Day by the then Mayor Bart Peterson.

In 1965, Dr. Fulton founded the Indiana Neurological Society along with Drs. Mark Dyken, Charles Bonsett, and Thomas Lunsford. He remained an active member since then, and was bestowed with an honorary membership at the 50th anniversary celebration in 2015.  He was also a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Medical Association, the Indiana State Medical Association, and the Indianapolis Medical Society.

Dr. Fulton was cherished by his patients, revered by his students, and respected by his colleagues. He will be sorely missed by the Indiana Neurological Society and the Neurology community as a whole.  The Indiana Neurological Society would also like to extend its sincerest condolences to his family for a loss to them which is far beyond that of losing a great physician.

Dr. Fulton, may you find that eternal peace and joy which you so richly deserve.  Give our greetings to Drs. Charlie and Mark.  Perhaps you all can start a Neurological Society in that great Hereafter.

Bob Flint, MD, PhD

Past-president Indiana Neurological Society

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