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Legacies Project Oral History: Russ Fuller

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 9:18am

Russell M. Fuller was born in 1924 and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. He married Barbara Stauffer in 1948 and they both attended the Disciples Divinity House at the University of Chicago. After moving to Ann Arbor, they became active in the Civil Rights and anti-war movements and in 1965 they helped found the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice. Russ was chairman of the Human Relations Commission in the late 1960s. He also served as pastor of Memorial Christian Church for 40 years, retiring in 1995. Russ passed away in 2020, six years after Barbara.

Russ Fuller was interviewed by students from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor in 2015 as part of the Legacies Project.

'Celebration of Spirit' at Friends Meetinghouse, February 1970 Photographer: Cecil Lockard

'Celebration of Spirit' at Friends Meetinghouse, February 1970 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, February 18, 1970
Caption
A 'Celebration of Spirit' The celebration of spirit' held at the Friends Meetinghouse since Monday evening as Peter Blood awaited arrest on draft evasion charges included quiet meditation, discussions and workshops on resistance to conscription, the environmental crisis, and radical faithfulness; worship and singing. A spokesman for the Quakers said although Blood (second from left, foreground) was arrested yesterday and arraigned this morning, the worship will probably continue this evening. Here a group of first arrivals are shown as yesterday afternoon they discussed what should be done when the federal marshals come.

Peter Blood and Kathy McKevitt of Ann Arbor Junior Theatre's production of "The Other Cinderella," May 1964 Photographer: Doug Fulton

Peter Blood and Kathy McKevitt of Ann Arbor Junior Theatre's production of "The Other Cinderella," May 1964 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, May 6, 1964
Caption
THE DEMON AND THE FAIRIES: Rehearsing for the forthcoming Ann Arbor Junior Theatre production of "The Other Cinderella" are Peter Blood, center, playing the Demon, and Judy Brown, left, and Kathy McKevitt, who have been double-cast to play the Fairy at alternate performances. The play will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday in a special evening performance for teenagers, and at the usual Junior Theatre production times of 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Little Theatre of Ann Arbor high School. Tickets for all performances will be on sale at the Little Theatre box office from 7 p.m. Friday and from 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Peter Blood and Judy Brown of Ann Arbor Junior Theatre's production of "The Other Cinderella," May 1964 Photographer: Doug Fulton

Peter Blood and Judy Brown of Ann Arbor Junior Theatre's production of "The Other Cinderella," May 1964 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, May 6, 1964
Caption
THE DEMON AND THE FAIRIES: Rehearsing for the forthcoming Ann Arbor Junior Theatre production of "The Other Cinderella" are Peter Blood, center, playing the Demon, and Judy Brown, left, and Kathy McKevitt, who have been double-cast to play the Fairy at alternate performances. The play will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday in a special evening performance for teenagers, and at the usual Junior Theatre production times of 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Little Theatre of Ann Arbor high School. Tickets for all performances will be on sale at the Little Theatre box office from 7 p.m. Friday and from 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Junior Theater production of "Jack and the Beanstalk" at Ann Arbor High School's Little Theater, November 1960 Photographer: Eck Stanger

Junior Theater production of "Jack and the Beanstalk" at Ann Arbor High School's Little Theater, November 1960 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, November 24, 1960
Caption
Cast members for the Junior Theater production, "Jack and the Beanstalk," rehearsing are John Marsh (front) and (left to right) Peter Blood, Mike McGuigan, Judy Brown, Mike Bartus, Karen Hayes and Betsy Kirchen. The play will be presented at 8 p.m. tomorrow and at 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Ann Arbor High School's Little Theater.