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The Trinity family mourns the loss of Susan Fulkerson, beloved former professor and friend of the College, who passed away September 3, 2007, after a valiant struggle with cancer.

"The Trinity community is saddened by this tremendous loss," said Larryl Humme, vice president for development. "Even though Mrs. Fulkerson has not been on our faculty for many years, her impact is still present in our business department."

Fulkerson, who served the College as an accounting professor from 1979 to 1989, was celebrated by former students last year during an appreciation luncheon held in her honor. Alumni representing all but one of her 10 years on the Trinity faculty gathered to thank her for making their Trinity experience so memorable.

During that event, Fulkerson commented, "I am honored and humbled. What warms my heart the most is the impact that I had on lives and the fact that they remember me all these years later."

That year alumni also established the Susan Fulkerson Accounting Scholarship, now the Susan D. Fulkerson Memorial Scholarship. The endowed scholarship provides up to five $1,000 awards for incoming freshmen accounting majors.

"She was a generous woman; generous with her time and her talent," said Humme. "Even now in her death, she and her family are living out that generosity by asking that all monetary remembrances of her go to her endowed scholarship at Trinity Christian College. We are deeply touched."

Visitation was held Friday, September 7, at the Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home in Palos Hills, Illinois; funeral services were held Saturday, September 8, at Christ Community Church in Lemont, Illinois. Fulkerson is survived by her husband Palos Heights Alderman Alan Fulkerson and sons Geoffrey (Katherine) and Stephen.

At the service on Saturday, Fulkerson's former student Henry Doorn '81, executive director of the Barnabas Foundation, shared these thoughts:

"There were two things that had the most influence on my professional career in the accounting profession. The first was Trinity Christian College and the second was Susan Fulkerson.

"From the first time I stepped into class with her, I knew Susan was a special lady with accounting knowledge, but more important than that, she had a gift and a passion for teaching and transferring knowledge to her students.

"Susan Fulkerson lived out her Christian faith on a daily basis. She used her God-given talent and ability for the benefit of others. She worked every day to encourage her students to be the best that they could be and to use their God-given talents to the best of their ability. My prayer is that many of her students will follow her example."

Gifts given to honor the memory of Susan Fulkerson may be sent to: Susan D. Fulkerson Memorial Scholarship, c/o Trinity Christian College, 6601 W. College Drive, Palos Heights, Illinois, 60463.

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