Robert Fulghum Papers

Laupus Library Manuscript Collection, LL02.71
Fulghum, Robert S.
Physical description
1.00 Cubic Feet
Preferred Citation
Dr. Robert S. Fulghum Papers (LL02.71), The William E. Laupus Health Science Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Laupus Library History Collections
No Restrictions

Includes lecture notes and handouts, photographs, pamphlets, letters, invitations, publications, newspaper clippings, and greeting cards.

Biographical/historical information

Dr. Robert Schmidt Fulghum was born on 1929 March 3 to John Hooks Fulghum and Frances Witcraft Schmidt in Washington, DC. He graduated from Roanoke College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1954. Later, in 1959, he received a Master of Science in Bacteriology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia. He returned ten years later to receive a doctorate degree in both Bacteriology and Biochemistry. Fulghum began his career as an instructor at a medical field service school in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. From 1956 until 1960, Fulghum continued in his educational career path by becoming a graduate assistant at the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station in Blacksburg, Virginia. He would later be elected to the Phi Sigma Honorary Biological Society in 1958. For the next few years, Fulghum would perform as an assistant professor at various universities, including: Susquehanna University, North Dakota State University, and the University of Kentucky. Towards the end of his professional life, Fulghum was welcomed to Pirate Nation as a professor and acting chairman for the East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He worked at Brody School of Medicine from 1972 until his retirement in 1996, where he retired with Emeritus status. Fulghum is noted to have aided in the successful regulation of the microbiology and immunology departments. He married his wife, Esther Slagle Fulghum, in the circa 1953 and they were married for 64 years. His military service includes serving in the United States Air Force during the Korean War (1950-1953) and the beginning of the Vietnam War (1952-1956) from which he received an honorable discharge. Sadly, Dr. Fulghum passed away on 2017 November 25. To East Carolina and various universities, Dr. Fulghum was known for his professionalism, compassion, and kind spirit.

Scope and arrangement

The Dr. Robert S. Fulghum Papers document Dr. Fulghum's time of instruction and his professional career. The professional life series contains photographs from his experiences as an instructor for various schools, colleges, and universities along with peer reviewed publications, newspaper articles, pamphlets/information sheets from professional workshops, lecture notes, and letter/email correspondence. The personal life series contains retirement letters and farewell cards received from fellow colleagues and universities.

Administrative information
Custodial History

2018 August 3: 2 Boxes containing archival materials including East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine and Scientific Publications, Lecture Notes and Handouts, Photos, Letters, Newspapers, and Pamphlets. Gift of Robert Slagle Fulghum.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Robert Slagle Fulghum.

Processing information

Processed by Kaleah Braswell, 2019.

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Language of material


Related material

East Carolina University School of Medicine Collection (LL 02.11), The William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Container list
Box 1 Folder 6 Miscellaneous Photographs, undated
Box 1 Folder 7 Single Publication, 1958
Box 1 Folder 8 Publications, 1963-1969
Box 1 Folder 9 Publications, 1971-1978
Box 1 Folder 10 Publications, 1980-1985
Box 1 Folder 11 Publications, 1986-1989
Box 1 Folder 12 Publications, 1991-2010
Box 2 Folder 1 Abstracts & Proceedings, 1967-1988
Box 2 Folder 2 Correspondence, 1971-2011
Box 2 Folder 3 Pamphlets & Information Sheets, 1978-2002
Box 2 Folder 4 Newspapers, 1982-2010
Box 2 Folder 5 Class Lecture Notes, 1985-1993
Box 2 Folder 6 Class Handouts, 1984-1992
Box 2 Folder 7 Retirement Letters from Colleagues and Fellow Universities, 1996
Box 2 Folder 8 Retirement Greeting Cards from Peers/Coworkers, 1996