Oveta Fuller Death 1955-2022 – Obituary in Moderation: Dr. A. Oveta Fuller of Michigan, Well-respected educator and longtime associate professor of microbiology and immunology at University of Michigan Medical School, has sadly and unexpectedly passed away on Friday, November 18, 2022, leaving family, closer relatives and other loved ones in total devastations and sadness.
Oveta was born Deborah Woods Fuller on August 31, 1955, in Mebane, North Carolina, which makes her just 67 years old at the time of her unexpected but peaceful passing after suffering a slightly health related complications surrounded by her beloved family and other closer relatives.
Oveta’s mother was a teacher and her father Herbert R. Fuller managed the family farm. Oveta grew up near Yanceyville, North Carolina . As a child biology intrigued her at an early age. She was amazed how her grandmother recovered quickly from being bitten by a water moccasin after receiving antivenin, which was an antidote for snake venom.
Although her grandmother’s snake bite contribute to her appreciation for biology, there were also two notable biology teachers, Ms. Elam and Mr. Majette who inspired her as well. We are sending our love and prayers to Oveta‘s family. Trending Info learnt about this sad occurrence through a publication made by The Local 4 Paula Tutman on thei official social media handles on Saturday, November 19, 2022, the statements read below;
I’m so deeply sad to tell you all that we’ve lost a giant who worked to make everyone on the globe healthier. Dr. A. Oveta Fuller, who has been my go-to since the early days of Covid because of her expertise in virology, has passed away after battling a brief non-Covid illness.
She sat on the FDA advisory boards and asked manufacturers hard questions about their vaccines. She wasn’t afraid to say no, if she got an answer she didn’t like. She made processing this new virus and its treatments easy to understand by her ability to break down complex scientific information into plain English.
Her work on HIV around the world has saved countless lives. I’m so sad that she has passed away, but so glad I knew her for a brief and important time in our history. I wish her family peace and swift healing. I wish Dr. Fuller safe passage and thank her for her service to us all.
Oveta recently serves as the director of the African Studies Center (ASC), faculty in the ASC STEM Initiative at the University of Michigan (U-M) and an adjunct professor at Payne Theological Seminary. Oveta is a virologist and specializes in research of Herpes simplex virus, as well as HIV/AIDS. Oveta and her research team discovered a B5 receptor, advancing the understanding of Herpes simplex virus and the cells it attacks.
After graduating from high school, she earned an Aubrey Lee Brooks Scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which she received a BA in biology in 1977. Oveta continued her education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to complete her Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology in 1983.
In 1983, Oveta attended the University of Chicago for a postdoctoral fellowship. In 1988, she became an assistant professor in the department of Microbiology and Immunology at University of Michigan Medical School; in 1995, she was promoted to associate professor with tenure. She also served as a faculty associate for the Center for Global Health, STEM Initiative, and African Studies Center at the University of Michigan. She is currently the associate professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Medical School and faculty in the STEM Initiative of the African Studies at the University of Michigan.
Oveta works with the Trusted Messenger Intervention (TMI) program to recruit the help of local religious leaders to address health inequalities with a main focus on HIV/AIDS testing, prevention, and treatment. She has successfully implemented this program within communities in Zambia and the US and more recently has introduced programs in other countries, including Liberia where the focus has been on preventable diseases such as HIV/AIDS and Ebola virus disease.
Oveta is the pastor at Bethel African Methodist Episocopal Church in Adrian, Michigan. She is the science advisor at the global AME Church and adjunct faculty member at Payne Theological Seminary, which she teaches a biology course on HIV/AIDS. In 2020 and 2021 she was a member of the Food and Drug Administration vaccine and biological products advisory committee.
In 1983, she was awarded the National Technical Association Service Award, Anna Fund Postdoctoral Award, and Thornton Professional Achievement Award. In 1987, she was also awarded the Ford Foundation fellowship and in 1992 she was awarded the NSF Career Advancement Award.
Oveta other awards includes the Woman of the Year in Human Relations by the University of Michigan Task Force (1998) her service with the Distinguished Service Award in Microbiology and Ministry from the Missions Society, AME, the Robert Smith Community Service “Humanitarian Award,” and her biography was highlighted in “Distinguished African American Scientists of the 20th Century” (Kessler, Kidd, and Morin, Oryx Press, Phoenix, AZ, 1996).
In 2012, she received a Fulbright US Scholar Program award. In January 2013, she began nine months of research in the Copperbelt region in Zambia, which her work focused on bringing biomedical information into communities through local religious leaders. During a sabbatical in 2006, Oveta traveled to several African nations, including Botswana, South Africa and Zambia to help members of the clergy to better understand the science behind HIV and AIDS and how to help educate their congregations on the impact of AIDS impacts in their communities.
In 2022, she was awarded the University of Michigan’s Regents’ Award for Distinguished Public Service, which recognizes public service activities that relate closely to teaching and research, and reflect professional and academic expertise, as well as the university’s Sarah Goddard Power Award, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the betterment of women through their leadership, scholarship or other ways in their professional life.
As people celebrate Oveta‘s life, tributes are coming in from all sides. As friends and family members remember Oveta‘s life, social media is ablaze with tributes to him. The dead is remembered as a kind, compassionate, and selfless person. Oveta was a man of many virtues, a man with a heart of gold. It is truly crude that Oveta‘s death took him away.
Oveta‘s passing will undoubtedly leave a tremendous void. It will take longer for a chasm to bridge between family and friends. Without a doubt, people’s memories of Oveta‘s death will endure forever.
Funerals and Burial Arrangements
As a result of the many well-wishers who have sent their heartfelt condolences, Oveta‘s family is receiving a lot of emotional support. They are praying for the deceased’s soul to find peace while also offering their condolences to the grieving family.
The family will make its announcement on Oveta‘s burial arrangements. Details about the obituary, funeral, and life celebration will be made public by the family and loved ones at the appropriate time. We’ll do our best to keep you informed about these.