Long-time Starr-Gennett Foundation board member and retired Indiana University-East chancellor Dave Fulton died Sept. 11 at age 73. Fulton joined the Foundation’s board in 1999, and served until shortly before his passing. He was board president from 2001 to 2003, and treasurer for 13 years. Fulton and his wife, Marilyn, donated money to pay for the newest Starr-Gennett Walk of Fame medallion honoring Jimmy Durante. But he was unable to attend the Sept. 10 ceremony to formally induct Durante into the Walk of Fame.
Among Fulton’s many accomplishments for the Foundation was developing a partnership with the Indiana University Archive of Traditional Music, organizing the Foundation’s National Advisory Council that selects Walk of Fame honorees, and developing the Walk of Fame itself, which is located in the Whitewater Gorge at the site of the former Starr Piano factory and Gennett Records recording studio.
Fulton is a recipient of Indiana University’s highest honor, the I.U. President’s Medal for Excellence. He served as chancellor of I.U.-East from 1995 to 2007.