SigEp is saddened by the loss of our brother, Father William Fulco, Loyola Marymount Renaissance. When Fulco became the chapter’s faculty fellow in 2002, it soon became evident the chapter had found a kindred spirit who embodied the qualities of a SigEp. He was initiated as a Renaissance brother in 2004.
A Jesuit priest, Fulco approached working with the chapter the same way he approached everything in life: with humor, compassion and wisdom. More than a faculty advisor, he was fully invested in mentoring undergraduate brothers and attended nearly every chapter and executive board meeting. A confidante, advisor, friend and role model to hundreds of California Chi brothers, Fulco made a lasting impact on the chapter.
He was also a world-renowned archeologist, fluent in several languages and served as Loyola Marymount’s National Endowment for the Humanities chair of ancient Mediterranean studies. His classes were a favorite among students at the university, often leading to waiting lists of 100 students or more eager to get in.
Despite his full teaching schedule, Fulco generously gave his time to the chapter, contributing greatly to the development of its learning community and creating a course specifically for brothers. He designed the course, titled Finding the Giant Within, to help brothers learn how to overcome obstacles and see the unrealized potential in themselves.
The Fraternity recognized Fulco’s professional accomplishments with the SigEp Citation in 2011. He was also a recipient of the Volunteer of the Year and Distinguished Alumnus awards.
Some of the brothers who knew Fulco well shared what made him such a special person.
A Jesuit, a world-renowned scholar, venerated professor, accomplished archaeologist, famous polyglot, unlikely film consultant to Hollywood’s biggest stars, AA sponsor, active Fraternity brother, voracious traveler and collector of all things “funky.” It’s easy to get lost in all of the titles Father William Fulco, S.J., actually earned during his lifetime. But, none of them individually, and not even all of them combined, come close to capturing who he really was. That’s because Father Fulco’s legacy, at least to me, is how he made me feel. He made me feel loved, and by his example, more open to loving others. He was a super-spreader of love, of true brotherly love. And, for that, I’ll never be able to repay him. — Sean K. Tierney, Loyola Marymount ’09
I met Father Fulco in 2004, and in the 17 years I was lucky to spend with him, he became a trusted confidant, brother, teacher and friend. I will forever cherish our countless talks. I learned so much from him, especially how to be a better person and not be afraid to be vulnerable. He was as strong willed as they come — ask his nurses — yet carried himself with so much grace and kindness. It is truly amazing how many lives he touched and how many impactful relationships he nurtured. He was an amazing son, brother, uncle, padre and Abuna. He will be missed, but always cherished and never forgotten. — Joe Boragno, Loyola Marymount ’08
Father’s contributions to our brotherhood are legendary. His love for each of us was unwavering, and he made us all better men for having known him. How blessed were we all to have this giant of a man in our lives. Father’s accomplishments in our Fraternity are only dwarfed by his accomplishments in life. What an amazing example of a life fully lived. Father, thank you so much for inspiring me every day to live my best life. I could not have had a better partner in the trenches. Your endless love for our men, your passion for their spiritual and emotional health, your impact on my life — it was all immeasurable. — Milton Santiago, Canisius ’97
Although Father William Fulco will be deeply missed, we are forever grateful for the time he was a part of our lives and the example he set.