In Memoriam

Harlow Fullwood Jr. (1941-2006)

Harlow Fullwood Jr., a former pro football player, Baltimore police officer, and fast-food entrepreneur, whose foundation helped more than 1,000 students attend college, died last month from complications relating to diabetes. He was 65 years old.

Fullwood, the son of a maid and a bus company porter, was a native of Asheville, North Carolina. After graduating from high school he enrolled at Virginia Union University in Richmond on a football scholarship. There he was named an All-American. After being drafted by the Baltimore Colts of the National Football League he left college to pursue his dream of becoming a professional. But after being released from the team in training camp, Fullwood joined the Baltimore Police Department and served on the force for 23 years. During this time he earned an associate’s degree at Baltimore City College and completed his bachelor’s degree at Virginia Union University.

When he retired from the police force in 1986, Fullwood applied for a franchise with Kentucky Fried Chicken. At the time the company had agreed to expand its franchise opportunities with African Americans, so despite no business experience, Fullwood was awarded two franchises in Baltimore. He eventually operated six KFC outlets and earned a large fortune.

In 1988 Fullwood created a foundation to provide college scholarships for disadvantaged youths. Since that time more than 1,000 students from Baltimore and surrounding communities have received college scholarships.