Joseph F. Fulton, economics researcher

Joseph F. Fulton
economics researcher

Joseph F. Fulton, 92, who retired in 1975 from the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress, died July 6 at the Sunrise of Springfield senior living facility.

He had kidney failure, said his daughter Amy Fulton-Stout. Mr. Fulton was an Annandale resident and had lived in the Washington area since 1950.

Mr. Fulton worked for the Library of Congress for about a decade and specialized in research related to economics. He had previously worked at the Bureau of Labor Statistics and at Michigan State University, where he taught economics.

Giuseppe Michael Fuino was born in Newark, N.J., to Italian immigrants. He changed his name to Joseph Frank Fulton in the 1930s.

Mr. Fulton graduated from high school at 14, his family said. After Navy service in the Pacific during World War II, he received a bachelor’s degree in 1947 and a master’s degree in 1949, both from New York University and both in economics. He was a Fulbright scholar in Italy in the mid-1950s.

His memberships included the Order Sons of Italy in America, of which he was a past Virginia state president, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University and the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, of which he was a past chapter president.

His marriages to Mary Anne Baillie and Betsy Simpson Fulton ended in divorce.

Survivors include his companion of 12 years, Patricia Horton of Alexandria; two daughters from his second marriage, Alice Ess of Alexandria and Amy Fulton-Stout of Okemos, Mich.; a sister; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Emily Langer

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