Katherine K. Fuller

  • Born: December 25, 1925
  • Died: May 25, 2013
  • Location: Essex, Connecticut

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Centerbrook, CT 06409

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Katherine K. Fuller was born in San Diego, California on December 25, 1925 the daughter of Theodore C. and Alice (Hatton) Kistner. She was raised in San Marino, California and attended Scripps College and graduated from UCLA with a BA in Political Science. Kathy's first husband, Edward Bruce Ferguson was a Foreign Service Officer serving as Vice Consul to the U.S. Embassy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where they lived. Their daughter Linda was born there. Upon Bruce Ferguson's death in 1952 Kathy and Linda returned to California where she attended graduate school at UCLA. It was there she met and married a political science instructor named Bruce Adkinson. Kathy's life on the east coast began when she and Bruce Adkinson moved from California to New Jersey where Bruce attended graduate school at Princeton. During that time Kathy's second daughter Susan was born. Bruce subsequently took a teaching position at the then Hofstra College and Kathy and Bruce purchased a home in Garden City, New York in 1959 and resided there until 1975. During that period she was involved in numerous organizations. She was President of the local chapter of the AAUW, President of the Pi Beta Phi Society, and President of the L.I. Panhellenic. She was also one of the co-founders of the Pro Arte Symphony Orchestra which performed at Hofstra University. In 1971 Kathy attended the first Arts Administration Certificate Program at Harvard. In 1972 she became the Executive Director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra and in 1978 moved into Manhattan to become the Executive Director of the American Symphony Orchestra founded by Leopold Stokoski. In 1980 Kathy was offered the position of Executive Director of the Pasadena Symphony and subsequently moved back to her home town in California. In 1982 on a brief visit to Garden City she met Bill Fuller a Garden City native and they married in June of 1983. Bill and Kathy resided in Garden City and also 15 years at Matinecock Farms in Glen Cove, New York. They enjoyed 25 years together before Bill's death in 2008. Kathy enjoyed classical music and played the piano. She was a tennis player and golfer and was a long standing member of the Cherry Valley Club. Kathy adored her friends and loved life and most especially her California roots. Ten months prior to her death she moved to Essex, Connecticut to be close to her daughter, Linda. She lived and passed away in the beautiful surroundings of the Essex Meadows Health Center on May 25, 2013. She is survived by her daughters, Linda Callan and her husband, John of Essex, Susan Dalton of Gloucester, Massachusetts, her beloved granddaughter, Emily Dalton of Beverly, Massachusetts, and her 92 year old brother, Ted Kistner, of San Diego, California. Kathy also leaves the family of her husband, Bill Fuller; his children, Bill Jr., Jenny Collins and her husband, Brian, both of Garden City, New York, John Fuller and his wife, Christine of Portland, Oregon. Bill's grandchildren, Will, Hannah, Sage, Charlie, Dan, Mike, Camilla, David, and Melissa Riffle, and her husband, Brendan, and their children, Liam and Emma of Bellmore, New York, all of whom Kathy loved very much. A celebration of her life will be planned for a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Essex Meadows Employee Appreciation Fund, 30 Bokum Rd., Essex, CT 06426. To share a memory of Kathy or send a condolence to her family please visit www.rwwfh.com . Arrangements by the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home in Centerbrook, Connecticut.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I remember her as a vivid personality, and somehow "glamorous". Don't know what prompted me to look for her on the I'net, but it has been wonderful to read about her full and productive life, especially her many contributions to the world of Music! We were not the closest of friends, but among the same group at South Pasadena Jr.High and High Schools.

Posted by Lois Lee Knight Lighthart - Carlsbad, CA - classmate   February 14, 2017

Kathy and I worked together to co-chair two very successful auctions and a Tennis benefit
for the Pro Arte Orchestra at Hofstra University.
I enjoyed the Queens Symphony and American Symphony concerts with her. I was so delighted when she returned to Garden City to marry Bill Fuller. We always had lunch in East Hampton when they made their annual visit to Montauk to celebrate their wedding anniversary.
She was a dear, dear friend. Please accept my sincere sympathy to your great loss, and celebrate the memories.


Posted by Ann Mallouk - Greenport, NY - Long time good friend   June 14, 2013


I met Kathy's oldest daughter, Linda, my freshman year at college and we became best friends. We were roommates throughout our college years and traveled the halfway around the world together. Kathy called me her "West Coast Daughter" and she was my "East Coast Mom". I so loved and admired her. She was beautiful, fun, and I wanted to be just like her when I grew up. I am blessed to have known her and she will forever live on in my heart.

Posted by Susan Runner Lindeburg    June 03, 2013

Our love and sympathies go out to entire family

Posted by Martha Staniford and Matthew Myers    June 03, 2013

I have so many wonderful memories of my Aunt Kathy from the time I was a little girl. She was so loving, kind and giving of herself. I spent times at her home and we did many fun things together. She always really listened to me talk and gave me guidance with my life. I will miss her so and think of her always.

Posted by Kathy Burr Sedillo - Encino, CA - Niece   June 01, 2013