Anne C. Fuller, a retired educator and principal whose career in the city's public schools spanned more than 40 years, died in her sleep Thursday at her West Baltimore home. She was 82.
Born Anne Calhoun in Dalton, Ga., she was raised by an aunt and uncle after the death of her mother. She moved to Baltimore in 1937 when her uncle, the Rev. Henri R. Tomlin, an African Methodist Episcopal minister, was named pastor of St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church.
She was a 1939 graduate of Douglass High School and earned a bachelor's degree in education from what is now Coppin State University in 1943 and a master's from Howard University in 1946.
Mrs. Fuller began teaching in city elementary schools in the 1940s and was later a vice principal at several elementary schools, including Edgecombe Circle, Charles Carroll of Carrollton and Montebello.
"She thoroughly enjoyed being around children and teaching them values, reading and math skills at an early age," said her daughter, Leda Fuller Favor of Forest Hill.
"In 1981, she was my first assistant principal at Rosemont Elementary School and the next year was promoted to principal at Fairfield Elementary School," said Norman E. Smith, a retired principal.
"She always did very well with the children, and I could assign her any duty and never had to worry about it not being carried out. She was well-equipped to assist teachers in the classroom or take over if there were any faculty emergencies."
He described Mrs. Fuller as an "easygoing kind of person who got along well with everyone," but who wasn't reticent in expressing her opinions on issues. "Her primary experience as a teacher and being able to get along with parents served her well when she became a principal," he said.
"When she had to discipline a child she was firm but also very gentle in her demeanor," said H. Olivia Scott, who taught at Charles Carroll when Mrs. Fuller was vice principal. "Her office was always very warm and welcoming, and she had fresh coffee available. And if you had a problem, you always felt very comfortable going there."
Mrs. Fuller retired in 1986 from Fairfield Elementary.
She was a member for 67 years of St. John AME Church, where she had taught Sunday school for many years and had been a member of the Young Adult Choir and church clubs.
For more than 60 years, she was an active member of the Baltimore chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and was a recipient of its Thelma Banks Cox Service Award.
Mrs. Fuller also enjoyed gardening "inside and outside" her Arunah Avenue home, her daughter said.
She was married in 1956 to L. Edward Fuller, a Long Island Rail Road clerk who died in 1990.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. John, 810 N. Carrollton Ave.
Mrs. Fuller also is survived by a grandson.