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Class Notes 2013 - Birthday

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Esther Mason Fulcher ’27

Esther Mason Fulcher ’27 (pictured at right as she is now and below that, in her senior photo) usually is cheerful, but her smile seemed a little wider when she read that one of her East Carolina Teachers College classmates may be the school’s oldest living alumni.

That’s because Fulcher is a few months older than Elizabeth “Bunny” Smith ’27, who was cited as such in the spring issue of East. “We read the story aloud to Miss Esther and showed her the photo. She smiled and then laughed,” said Caroline Wilson ’05, the recreation director at Snug Harbor on Nelson Bay, a retirement community in Sea Level.

Fulcher was born on Jan. 1, 1909. “She may be 104 years old, but she does not let age keep her from having a good time,” said Jennifer Gildard, the center’s marketing director.

Gildard described Fulcher as a “gently cheerful” person who quotes Longfellow as she greets each day: “Let us, then, be up and doing, with a heart for any fate; still achieving, still pursuing, learn to labor and to wait.”

“Miss Esther has shared many stories about her travels and experiences around the world,” Gildard said. “Her most gratifying experience, which she recalls most often, is her time at ECTC.” Fulcher had a long career as a teacher that began in Greene County. Wilson and Gildard said Snug Harbor residents are planning a big birthday party for Fulcher on Jan. 1 when she will be 105.

“ECU friends are invited; you all call if you can come,” Wilson said.