John Carr Fulton, 60, a retired staff assistant with the Veterans Administration, died Thursday at his home in Annandale after a long illness.

He had retired in 1975 as assistant to the deputy for clinical support services in the office of professional services, department of medicine and surgery.

Born in New Brunswick, N.J., Mr. Fulton grew up in Winston-Salem, N.C. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

During World War II, he served as an administrative officer with the Army Medical Corp and saw several years of duty in Alaska.

Mr. Fulton joined the VA in 1946 as a training officer for veterans programs in CHarlotte and Winston-Salem.

He transferred to VA headquarters here in 1955 where he worked for six years as a member of audit teams conducting management surveys at VA hospitals throughout the country. He then was promoted to staff assistant.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Slantz Fulton, of the home: three sons, Fred W. and Tom G., both of Fairfax, and John E., of Chickasha, Okla,: two brothers, Irvin G., of Durham, N.C., and Tom A., of Greensboro, N.C.; a sister, Margaret Steiner, of New Bern, N.C., and one grandchild.