Daniel Warren Fullmer

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Educational Psychology (EDEP)

Psychologist, former Educational Psychology professor, and longtime supporter of higher education, Dr. Daniel Warren Fullmer, passed away on February 20, 2009 at the age of 86. Fullmer was instrumental in creating a PhD counseling and guidance program at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. And, while he became a professor at UHM in 1966, his career in higher education began in 1955 at the University of Oregon.

During Fullmer's professorship at the University of Oregon, he became a consultant to Grambling College, an all black institution in Louisiana. Working with Congress, he authored Title III of the Higher Education Act of 1963, which provided support for developing institutions of higher learning and enabled Grambling to become the accredited state university it is today. More than four decades later, Title III continues to support universities across the country, including the community colleges in Hawai'i.

Ernest Libarios, counselor and self-development instructor at Leeward Community College, recalls the impact that Fullmer had as his advisor and mentor more than 40 years ago. "He was way ahead of his time. So many of his insights and concepts were liberating, especially for minorities and the disadvantaged. He empowered people."

As a graduate student in educational psychology, Libarios was a part of Project Rise, a program under the Higher Education Act focusing on minority student achievement.

Much of the program was based on Fullmer's work in counseling and guidance and has received several national awards throughout the years. Born in London Mills, Illinois, Fullmer served as a submariner in World War II. Earning numerous awards for counseling, public service, and philanthropy, he and his wife, Janet Ishikawa-Fullmer, maintained a private practice in which they specialized in family therapy. Together, they retired from UHM in 1995, having established scholarships at the College of Education, UHM; Western Illinois University; Grambling State University; and the University of Denver, as well as at Honohina and Honomu Hongwanji Church; Pacific Buddhist Academy; and Kilohana United Methodist Church. The COE scholarship is especially noteworthy because the emphasis is on "creating leaders for the next generation," Ishikawa-Fullmer said.