Donald Randall Fullenwider (age 77) died peacefully on December 5 at his home in Northville, Michigan. His long time partner, Klotylda Phillippi, was with him as he passed. Donald was born on September 24, 1943 and grew up in Detroit, graduating from Redford High School. He was predeceased by his parents Allan Fullenwider and Marian (Randall) Fullenwider and his older brother, Malcolm. Donald was an architect specializing in Virtual Reality models. He attended Alma College for two years before attaining an architecture degree from the University of Houston. He then went to UCLA for a Masters degree in architecture at a time when computer assisted design was coming into the fore. While working for large architecture firms in Los Angeles, Donald got an MBA from UCLA. He was working as a consultant with the Technology Transfer Department at USC when he completed his coursework for a Ph.D. in Urban Design. He taught Architecture courses at the University of Maryland and at the University of Detroit-Mercy. Donald was a small plane pilot and loved his time at vacation homes first in Mackinaw City and then in Frankfort.
In addition to Klotylda, he is survived by his son, Andy (Mira) Fullenwider; brother, Peter (Mary) Fullenwider, niece Lucy (Alex) Fichter, nephews Christopher (Nancy) Fullenwider and Michael (Liz) Fullenwider, cousins Allan and Eric Foster, grand-nephews Max Fichter and Christopher Fullenwider as well as Klotylda’s daughters Kristin (Douglas) Clark and their son Michael, Karen Phillippi (Patrick Devereaux) and Karen’s son Tyler.
Cremation is being handled by the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home in Plymouth. A celebration of his life will be held in the spring. Donations to the James and Grace Lee Boggs School (boggsschool.org/donate) can be made in his name.