Remembering Millard, one year later

On Feb. 3, 2009–the day he passed away–Millard Fuller, founder of The Fuller Center for Housing and Habitat for Humanity, spent the morning taking part in The Fuller Center’s monthly covenant partner conference call. 

"More people were on that call than had ever been before. That was a high moment in his life," Millard’s wife and co-founder, Linda Fuller, said. "And so I tell people that Millard died happy."

Later that evening he asked Linda to drive him to the emergency room complaining of chest pain. He died of an aortic aneurysm in the ambulance on the way to a hospital.

One year later, friends, family and supporters took time to celebrate and honor his life, one lived to the fullest and in which great things were accomplished. His life inspired, began and continues to drive the work that we at The Fuller Center do today. 

Oyee, Millard!

Remembrance events across the U.S. and around the world:

Washington, D.C.

The site of the Points of Light Medallion awarded to Millard and Linda Fuller near the White House in Washington, D.C. was visited by friends and admirers who brought an orchid and a rose in Millard’s honor.

In the photo (Jan. 29, 2010): Extra Mile Founder John Johansen is joined by Jery Huntley and Bob Abel at the ‘Extra Mile’ medallion in Washington, D. C. to celebrate Millard’s life on the first anniversary of his death. For more information, go to 

Abuja, Nigeria 

Sam Odia, Executive Director of The Fuller Center for Housing Nigeria set aside time for a commemorative ceremony after FCH Nigeria held its board meeting on Feb. 2.

"We marked the first anniversary of Millard’s transition by hosting a photo exhibition titled, ‘Work & Life of Millard Fuller’ in the FCH Nigerian office," Odia said.

The exhibition stayed up through the week.

Americus, Ga.

On Feb. 3, The Fuller Center headquarters in Americus closed its doors and picked up hammers and took another step toward Millard’s goal of ending poverty housing. The staff spent the day working on a handicap-accessible duplex. 

Read full story here.

Watch local TV coverage of the day here. 

David Snell promotes build on TV talk show here.  

How you can participate in honoring Millard’s vision, legacy and life’s work:

To learn more about Fuller’s extraordinary life, visit the History Timeline, Millard Fuller’s bio page and a special Millard Fuller memorial page with poems, stories and tributes.

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