Gerald Fuller, 45-Year Adventist Broadcaster, Dies
Two-career life, from TV announcer to dentist (Posted July 12, 2012)
BY BARBY KULAKOV
, Columbia Union, with
Adventist Review staff
erald Fuller, D.D.S., a Seventh-day Adventist whose life combined a professional life as a dentist with a passion for communicating the gospel on radio, passed to his rest at age 83 on July 1, 2012.
Fuller was best known as host of the Saturday morning broadcast “Breakaway,” which originated at Washington Adventist University’s WGTS 91.9 FM radio station in Takoma Park, Maryland.
RADIO LEGEND: Gerry Fuller, longtime radio host at WGTS 91.9 FM, passed away July 1. He is pictured with his wife, Joy. PHOTO WGTS.
For 45 years, people tuned in to WGTS 91.9 for Fuller’s familiar voice and to hear interviews with well-known guests such as Ben Carson, Charles Stanley, Philip Yancey and many other public figures.
Gerald Fuller was born in Minnesota to two Seventh-day Adventist Church schoolteachers. He graduated from Pacific Union College in Angwin, California, with a degree in speech and spent several years as a television announcer in northern California. After moving to the Washington, D.C.-area, he received a degree in dentistry from Howard University. Fuller worked as a licensed dentist for many years and served as president of the WGTS board.
Fuller retired from WGTS in the fall of 2011, just before his eighty-second birthday. At that time, the Gerry Fuller Mission Outreach Fund was established to mentor Christian radio stations throughout the world.
At Fuller’s 2011 retirement celebration, John Konrad, current general manager of WGTS shared his close relationship with the longtime broadcast legend, saying, “Gerry has been a constant source of support and inspiration to me since I started working at WGTS in high school. Even then, though Gerry has been my boss for years, he’s been more like a brother to me.”
Fuller’s wife Joy, his three children, Gerri Ann Campbell, Jay and Jon, as well as his two grandchildren survive.