Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Vivant Skin Care Co-Founder James E. Fulton Jr., M.D., Ph.D., 1940-2013

Skin care icon passed away July 4th after lengthy battle with colon cancer

The world of clinical skin care lost an innovator and a true pioneer when Dr. James Edwin Fulton, Jr. died last week. He was 73. Surrounded by his wife of 44 years, Vivant Skin Care President Sara M. Fulton, daughter and CEO Kelly Fulton-Kendrick, daughter Susan Fulton-Arregui, son James Edwin Fulton, III and son George Jacob Fulton, Fulton succumbed to colon cancer at Mercy Hospital in Miami.

“Jim devoted his life to dermatology and his passing will leave a void in the world of skin care,” offers Sara Fulton. “He achieved much during his career, but his greatest contributions may have been the hope and confidence he instilled in his acne patients.”
“We are devastated by the loss of our company founder and my father, but are determined to carry on his legacy,” says Fulton-Kendrick.

Born in Ottumwa, IA to Alice Hermann Fulton and James Sr. (a one-time CEO of Cracker Jack), Dr. Fulton’s interest in dermatology stemmed from the acne struggles he endured as a pre-teen and throughout adulthood. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees from Tulane University in 1965, and while there his academic achievements led to his induction into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and Phi Beta Kappa Society. While in residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Fulton met his close friend and mentor Dr. Albert Kligman; together they co-developed Retin-A®, a topical form of vitamin A.  At the invitation of Dr. Phillip Frost, he relocated to South Florida and earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry under the noted dermatologist Harvey Blank, M.D. from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Together, Dr. Fulton and Dr. Blank developed a stabilized benzoyl peroxide gel (Panoxyl®). In addition, Dr. Fulton developed topical erythromycin (E-Gel®).

In the early 1970s with his wife Sara, Dr. Fulton launched a successful chain of 12 acne clinics called Acne Healthcare Centers, opened the Acne Research Institute and developed and manufactured a line of patented skin care products under the AHC and Face Up brands in their FDA-approved manufacturing facilities. During this time he invented a high-speed diamond fraise for dermabrasion, was the first to use aestheticians in a medical office and developed a paramedical aesthetician training program.

In 1990, Dr. Fulton opened JEF Medical Group, a cosmetic surgery and dermatology practice where he pioneered fat transfer and laser surgery. He was the first to use hyperbaric oxygen chambers for post-surgical recovery. In addition, Dr. Fulton and Sara co-founded Vivant Skin Care in 1990, a clinical skin care line rooted in Fulton’s patented vitamin A therapies.

A popular international speaker and teacher, he authored the definitive book on acne, Acne Rx, and published more than 300 medical articles, the most recent ones being released earlier this year in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology and presented at the Skin of Color Seminar Series in New York City and the Orlando Dermatology Aesthetic & Clinical Conference.

He actively split time between his research lab at the Vivant Skin Care headquarters in Miami Lakes and Flores Dermatology in Coral Gables, where he continued to see patients until a week before his passing.

Dr. Fulton served as mentor and role model for countless leaders in dermatology and aesthetics across the nation. Most recently he was volunteer faculty at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology and part of the internship program at St. Thomas University.

Dr. Fulton volunteered his dermatology services to His House Children’s Home, a private, non-profit, faith-based foster children organization, to which he provided no-charge medical treatment to the children and hosted a yearly Thanksgiving luncheon for the children.

He was most proud of his beloved wife Sara who helped him with his Ph.D., and worked with him in research and in the medical office. She always attended medical meetings with him and helped with his teaching projects. Dr. Fulton always told her he couldn't have done what he did without her.

Among his noteworthy achievements were creating more than 50 original skin care formulations, qualifying as a Full Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, membership in the American Society of Lipo Suction Surgery and election to the Dermatology Foundation’s Leader Society.

He is survived by wife Sara Fulton, brother Andy Fulton, daughter Susan Fulton-Arregui, son-in-law Richard Arregui, son James E. Fulton, III, daughter-in-law Isabelle Baranda-Fulton, daughter Kelly Fulton-Kendrick, son-in-law John J. Kendrick, III, son George J. Fulton, daughter-in-law Alexandra Hodges-Fulton, nine grandchildren and the 1000s of acne patients in whose lives he made a clear difference.

In lieu of flowers, the Fulton family is asking for donations to be made to the Dr. Robert Hsia Memorial Fund, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology, 1600 NW 10th Ave., Suite 2023-A, Miami, FL 33136. An open memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at the St. Stephens Church, 2750 McFarland Rd, Coconut Grove, FL 33133. 


  1. From Fckcncr (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fkcncr/108546369228599)

    Today's tribute is to an incredible doctor and human being. While fighting cancer he still made a difference by helping others until days before he passed. May he rest in peace. Check out this article on Dr. Fulton. www.miamiherald.com/2013/07/08/3490263/dr-james-fulton-co-developed-retin.html #fkcncr #tributetuesday #rip #coloncancer #inourthoughts #inabetterplace #cancer #liveyourlife #unite #family

  2. From Biljana Djordjevic through VivantSkinCare.com:

    Please accept my condolences. Dr. Fulton made a huge difference in the lives of us Estheticians.
    May he rest in peace.

  3. From Martha S Cruz through Facebook:

    so sorry

  4. From Allura Jolie Balderas through Facebook:


    1. Mine to i just saw this omg i went to him in costa mesa ca only his stuff worked on my face i loved him im 55 now i went to him when i was 21...i sent my mom and any one who had acne to him Rip

  5. From Stephanie Schuft Irrthum through Facebook:

    I am in shock with hearing this extremely sad news. I was hoping to meet him one day and take continuing education classes with him and soak up all the knowledge he had to offer. My deepest sympathies to all his family, friends and loyal vivant skincare users. = [

  6. From Hong Dinh through Facebook:

    RIP - my deepest sympathy

  7. From Dr. Lawrence A. Schachner, M.D.:

    Dear Colleagues
    I regret to inform you of the passing of our colleague and friend, Dr. James E. Fulton, M.D., Ph.D. Jim was a resident in our Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery in the late 1960’s and a longtime member of our faculty. He is exceedingly well known for his significant research and kind care of acne sufferers. He remained a lifelong learner and frequently attended our patient planning conferences, grand rounds and Miami Dermatology Society meetings. He and our residents both greatly enjoyed his lectures on innovations in Dermatology.
    His lovely wife, Sarah, told me that he was working on at least 10 papers at the time of his passing.

    He will be greatly missed.

    Sincerely Yours,

    Lawrence A. Schachner, M.D.
    Harvey Blank Professor and Chairman
    Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery
    University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

  8. From Maggie Mesa through Facebook:

    I had the immense honor and privilege of meeting and being treated by this extraordinary human being and physician. The short time under his care solved what over 10 years with countless dermatologists and treatments couldn't. You will forever be missed and adored by so many like me who have been changed by your genius, professionalism, authenticity and humor, especially my niece who’s still waiting for you to return her nose that you would steal between your fingers.

    RIP Dr Fulton you are very loved!

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  10. From Tere Calcines:

    Dear Mrs. Fulton

    Once again please accept our most sincere condolences on behalf of our Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery. Dr. Fulton and his many contributions to science will never be forgotten!

    He was an amazing friend and we truly appreciated his dedication and loyalty to our department.

    Warm regards,

    Tere Calcines
    Vice Chair for Administration
    Department of Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery

  11. From Janet Eaglstein:

    Dear Sara -

    We are so sorry to learn of Jim's passing. It's hard to believe - he was such a lively and enthusiastic man, funny, warm, generous...I will never forget the first time I met him. He was standing on our deck in Miami Beach, and as I walked outside to greet him, he looked up at me and exclaimed, "Wow! Perioral fluoride rash!" The amazing thing is, he was the first and only person to diagnose it, and he did it from 20 feet away. Everyone else was testing me for lupus. I quit using fluoride toothpaste and it went away. So in addition to the adjectives above, I'd also have to concur with the many who knew he was brilliant.

    I know you will miss him. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

    Xoxo Janet

  12. From Janet Kooba through Facebook:

    Dr. Fulton was a beautiful soul who brought hope and healing to so many through his own struggles and anguish with acne. The world is definitely a better place because of him. He will truly be missed. My heartfelt sympathies go out to his wonderful family.

  13. From Laura Cooksey through LinkedIn:

    My deepest condolences go out to the Fulton family.
    To Sara Fulton and Kelly Kendrick, I speak on behalf of the Acne Specialists when I say how much Dr. Fulton will be missed. His contributions to the understanding and treatment of acne are unsurpassed. We all owe him a huge debt of gratitude. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  14. From Debbie Arteaga through LinkedIn:

    My heart goes to James Fulton and his family. I took his class a few years ago.

    He will always be remembered as one of the greats who believed in aesthetician's and how they enhance any business.

  15. From Kathryn Khadija Leverette through LinkedIn:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Jim Fulton long way before my skin care career. He was a close friend of my mother's. Once I started school, I would stay with the Fulton family when I was in So Cal. I started lecturing with him about ethnic skin in his seminars before I was licensed..

    I didn't know this until now, but he was only a little over 8 years older than me. I knew he was battling cancer, and he looked frail the last few times my staff and I hooked up with him. I was hoping he'd beat this.

    I knew him very well, and lectured with him many times over the years. I knew how ill he'd been and just heard he passed away. His daughter is a member of this group and I'm contacting her now. He was much loved and appreciated by estheticians and acne clients alike and will be missed.

  16. From Jane Marie D'Amato through LinkedIn:

    A great loss. How very sad. My thoughts and prayers to his family.

  17. From Trisha Tortolani through LinkedIn:

    Thoughts and prayers going out to his family. He was a great inspiration who had such a positive influence on so many lives.

  18. From Fonda Jo Franyovich through LinkedIn:

    I too knew Dr. Fulton very well and took several of his classes. He was a great man who gave us so much. My prayers go out to Sara, Kelly and the rest of the Fulton family.

  19. From Brenda Griffin through LinkedIn:

    I only wish I had the pleasure of attending one of his classes and meeting him. He will live on through all of you who learned so much from him and share it with other estys and your clients.

  20. From Deborah Dassion through LinkedIn:

    For anyone in Dr. Fulton's family that may read this...gosh...he will be missed. He has given sooooooooo much from the teen to us "younger" ones. I was taken aback to read this thread. Blessings to him and to those that will take over!

  21. From Ludy Marquez through LinkedIn:

    I will surely miss him! I am seeing his client from a long time ago, she adores him so much because he help her clear her acne and not even charged her because she did not have any money. He's a great doctor.

  22. From Juline Hamilton through LinkedIn:

    Never had the chance to take a class with him but I learned so much from his books.

  23. We had lost the greatest doctor who devoted all of his life to his works in acne medication and his innovation for skin care world. His name and his works are still be with us forever. His loving memories will always be remembered!

    Our deepest sympathy to all his family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

  24. Dear Fulton family. I would like to express my sincere condolences to you for Dr. Fulton who I wouldn't be where I am today specializing in acne. He was very nice and I was happy I got to learn from such a passionate person. Thank you Dr Fulton!! Take care. Peace and love.

  25. Dr. Fulton, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity and passion you provided to me and the skincare industry. Seeing you and you training me was an HONOR!!!!!!! This experience of you and who you were for us has had an extraordinary impact on the acne industry and people dealing with Acne. Thank you so much for the long talks, walks to the hotel, your insights, passion, coming to my office and asking ME what I was doing and disappointments. For you, all I have is a deep founded love! I WILL miss you. I love you! RIP- this world is in a better place because of you!!! Thank you!! Condolences to the Fulton Family.

  26. We had lost the utmost medical practitioner who devoted all of his life to his works in acne medication and his discovery for skin care world. His title and his works are still be with us forever. I will pray for them.

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  27. From Jill Kasper through Facebook:

    He is the reason how I learned so much about acne. Plus, I love Vivant Skin Care products. Which is why I use it and I retail it in my salon. You will be forever missed!

  28. From Kunal Khiyani through Facebook:

    Dr. Fulton was truly the most compassionate Doctor and the best dermatologist in world. He genuinely cared about his patients and students and always put them first. He had spent hours a day with me, teaching me basically everything about dermatology during my internship with him last summer. He has contributed so much to the field of medicine, academically and as a philanthropist. My sincere condolences to Mrs. Fulton and the Fulton family.

  29. From VMCSkin through Twitter:

    A life-long learner as Dr. Fulton will never be forgotten by the young physicians he has mentored. His legacy will remain.

  30. From Jennifer ‏through Twitter:

    So Very Sorry for your loss (Hugs)

  31. From Brittany Brown-Hart through Facebook:

    My condolences, how very sad for your family.

  32. From Rachel Cohen Lehman from Facebook:

    So tragic. He changed my life...you will always be remembered Dr. Fulton! Much love from Newport Beach, CA

  33. From Tami Weaver Montgomery through Facebook:

    Thank you, Dr.Fulton you are a legacy! Your time is never done...helping gals like us...live on!

  34. From Karen Loudon through Facebook:

    I am saddened to hear this news. He was a great doctor.

  35. From Stacey Luyster through Facebook:

    I enjoyed all my years working with you, you affected my life in so many wonderful ways. I miss your "Hello, hello, hello, I need to catch up with you!" I always have and will continue to think of you fondly. May you rest in peace, my friend.

  36. From Rhea Mokund Beck through Facebook:

    My very deepest condolences to the Fulton family. Dr Fulton was the finest, kindest doctor I had the privilege of knowing. May he rest in peace.

  37. From Karugi Karanja through Facebook:

    OH NO May he rest in peace, glad I go to meet him he was so funny and kind.

  38. From Shawn Lynn Haviland through Facebook:

    So sad :(. I will say goodbye to my longtime mentor next Wednesday at his memorial. No one can come close to his accomplishments in skin care and his amazing heart. Xoxo

  39. When I met Dr. Fulton I was in awe, it was like like I just met Tom Cruise! I had known of him and his accomplishments, he was a Superstar! I enjoyed his classes more than any other training I ever had, the lectures, stories, his laugh when you got to a 10 with a ProPeel! You could see the joy he got out of teaching us, especially the carbons, he loved the carbon chains! I am honored to have been there. He and Mrs. Fulton literally shaped my career and inspired me to go further than I ever thought possible. I am eternally grateful to them both. They both have grown a network of Estheticians and I have made very good friends as a result of meeting them through those trainings. God Bless the Fulton and Vivant Families.

  40. From Denise Gordon through Facebook:

    Dear Fulton Family, Our deepest condolences to you. Dr. Fulton touched our lives in a way I could never imagine possible. My teenage boys have been patients of Dr. Fulton for over two years. We just loved him! His attitude, smile and laugh always kept the visits happy and light hearted. He really took his time and seemed to care deeply about his patients. Dr. Fulton was such a talented doctor. I know we will never find anyone as special as him. We will miss him terribly. He will always be in our thoughts and prayers. We wish peace to the entire family. We love you Dr. Fulton!

    The Gordon family

  41. From Marta Chavalas via email:

    Dear Sara and family,

    I was deeply sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Fulton.

    My dear friend, Kathryn Leverette, sent me a copy from the Miami
    newspaper just last night.

    I have been an Acne Esthetician in Northern California since 1989. I have followed Acne RX
    guidelines and all the teachings of Dr. Fulton to this day.

    It has been a real honor to have met both of you over the years. You have been my mentors,
    and have given me the courage to help hundreds of clients over the years dealing with problematic skin.

    I wish you and your family prayers and comfort.

    He will truly be missed.

    With deep respect,

    Marta Chavalas

  42. From John P. Allison via email:

    Hi Kelly,

    I am so very sorry to hear about your Father. He was a great man, and contributed so much to this industry. It was truly an honor to know him.

    My condolences to you and your family,

    John P. Allison
    Pharmco Laboratories Inc.

  43. From Maurice Thew via email:

    I was so sad to hear the bad news. We had recently heard from him and he recounted the misery of his therapy but as usual was upbeat and positive in his thinking. Unfortunately the disease was overwhelming. The only good thing is that he has been saved from further suffering.
    The world is a poorer place without Jim. I have known him from my first day in Dermatology and have been fortunate to have him and you as friends and been able to share part of our lives together.

    You are very much in our thoughts and prayers.

    Our profound condolences to all the family.

  44. We are deeply saddened by the loss of an amazing physician. His contribution to dermatology and medicine will live on. We have heard so many amazing stories about him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones.
    Dr. and Mrs. Headley

  45. From Rebecca Rockko through Facebook:

    I just heard. I am so upset I cannot breathe. Words cannot describe how brilliant Dr. Fulton was. No dermatologist even comes close to him. There will never be anyone like him. It is just so very sad!

  46. My prayers go out to Dr. Fulton's family for their loss. Dr. Fulton was an amazing man. I had the opportunity to meet him at one of his training seminars years ago and have admired him since. He will be missed.

  47. From Kelly Soon through Facebook:

    I am very sad, I just learned about Dr. Fulton a month ago from his book. He is a truly amazing individual who is fond of what he is doing on his field. You surely will be missed. Your research development surely will be carried on forever. You changed the way how I was brained wash about the skin in this society! It was a great chance that I wish I got to know years ago...

    Salute, Sir. RIP.

  48. We're so sorry to hear about your loss. Dr. Fulton was a great doctor and we will all miss him. You have our deepest sympathy

    From all of us at Devine Image Medi-Spa
    Tustin, CA

  49. From Sai Contin via email:

    I'm so saddened by the passing of dr. Fulton. Please accept my sincere condolences. The world has changed for better because of him and we had the honor to have known him.

  50. My heart goes out to the Fulton family and those who survived him. I had the great fortune of meeting Dr. Fulton in person and he inspired me to help those with challenged skin. He was a great man. My sincerest condolences.

  51. To Sara & the 'kids,'

    My sympathies to all of you on the loss of Jim.

    You may remember I spent a decade (~1993-2003) regularly providing my innovative propofol ketamine (PK) anesthesia to his cosmetic surgery patients.

    Among all the Newport Beach cosmetic (& plastic) surgeons, Jim was among the earliest PK adopters. He recognized the multiple advantages for his patients - not the least of which was the elimination of postoperative nausea & vomiting (PONV) & dramatically improved safety over other sedation techniques.

    In addition to extolling the virtues of PK anesthesia to his surgical colleagues, Jim always graciously permitted other interested anesthesiologists to visit me in his OR to learn my PK technique.

    Jim also generously cited my anesthesia technique in virtually all of his cosmetic surgery publications between 1996-2003. In December 1997, he welcomed the addition of BIS brain monitoring to make PK a numerically reproducible technique.

    We lost touch upon his relocation to Florida from California but occasionally saw each other at trade shows.

    He will be remembered & missed,

    Barry L. Friedberg, MD

  52. To the family of Dr. Fulton,

    May your faith bring you the strength and love to see you through this sad time in your lives. He was an amazing researcher and so generous in sharing his knowledge with others as well as returning self-esteem to those who suffered. As an aesthetician who specializes in clearing acne, I will forever be greatful to him. He will live on through those he helped. God bless.

  53. My heart goes out to the family of this unique and compassionate soul, whose work will continue to alleviate human suffering and the anguish of acne. Thank you, Dr. Fulton, and may you rest in peace.

  54. Hello from VanDe- Dear Fulton Family and all who loved the Doc

    I'm so devastated upon hearing the news of the Doc's passing..I always called him Doc. He was really on my mind the last couple of weeks and I was seriously going to call to say hello, but we are all guilty of putting things off...I got busy and said to myself, I will give a call"next week". Advice for all of us..tell someone you miss them, tell someone you love them, forgive someone..whatever you need to say..as time is way, way too short! I've known Doc since 1999 where at that time I moved from San Francisco and been in the skin care industry for over 20 years at that time. I thought I knew alot about skin and beauty, but knew NOTHING until I worked with the Doc. I worked at the clinic, took his classes, helped teach his classes, sold tons of Vivant to hundreds of clients.I learned everything I know about skin from him, and I pass that knowledge on to all I come in contact with as a Medical Aesthetician. I speak about him "everyday" to every client that comes into my treatment room...his teachings and words became my words. I owe all my skin and acne knowledge to Dr. Fulton, and I feel that he is there in spirit as I speak of him and Vivant throughtout the day. He was a pioneer, and inovator and the GURU of Skin Care and a mentor to me..he is the one that everyone copied,(or tried to!)He was never too busy to teach and educate the staff and the patients, went above and beyond, and really cared about the patient and had a forever passion for the skin. He left the $$$ dollar signs behind his eyes, not in front, and that is always the real key to lasting success...To see him lecture was amazing...and you wonder..where does this all come from. He will be sorely missed and my heart felt sympathy goes out to you the family, and the Vivant family as well...Miss you Doc, Love VanDe

  55. Dear Sara and Family,

    I join with so many others who knew Dr Fulton in offering my deepest sympathy on his passing.
    May you find peace and comfort in knowing that his loss is felt by all who knew and loved him.

    In Sympathy,
    Sean Lee

  56. Prof. James E. Fulton Jr., M.D., Ph.D., was a great teacher, innovator and industry leader in dermatology and aesthetic.
    He was very kind, humble, had strong character and affectionate to his family.
    I was fortunate to be able to have known him and I am very grateful to the Family and to Sara who had welcomed us pleasantly at their beautiful house in Miami, he himself cooked and served us lovely barbeque. Such an experience that was so memorable and unforgettable.
    Our family feel very sad and feel lost of him passed away.
    Our deepest condolence to Prof. Fulton. May the Deceased get a home worthy and his family are given fortitude by Him.

  57. From Marlene Weber through Facebook:

    He is why I am now an esthetician. He helped me tremendously in my early twenties when he was in Newport Beach, Ca. He truly saved me, I went there every week and everyone was so nice to me when I felt my worst. I now give back the same to my clients and it was all because of Dr. Fulton. I feel very sad. My heart goes out to his family.

  58. From Carol Blanton-Palestrant through Facebook:

    Sincere sympathy to Dr. Fulton's family during this time. As a teenager of the 70's, Dr. Fulton made a huge impact on my life through his practice. I will forever be grateful to a pioneer who changed the lives of so many!

    RIP Dr. Fulton.


    Carol Blanton-Palestrant

  59. From Nicoletta Yudelevitch through Facebook:

    I am so sorry to hear we have endured such a great loss in the skin care industry.

    Please express my condolences to the family.

    I will always remember the first time I met him.
    He had such passion for his product and wanted to help so many with acne.

    As an Aesthetician, he ignited a fire in me to help my clients with his fabulous products.

    He will be greatly missed.

  60. I loved Dr Fulton and he represented everyting that I love about skin care and our industry! He will be greatly missed!!!

  61. From Haifa Gotani through Facebook:

    Dr. Fulton was indeed the most compassionate Doctor and the best dermatologist in the world! I will never forget you and the medical knowledge I learned from you my inspirational teacher forever! My sincere condolences to Mrs. Fulton and the Fulton family :( you will always be remembered Dr. Fulton!

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  63. From Wesley Joiner through Facebook:

    R.I.P. Dr. Fulton! You will be missed! Oh, and thank you soooooo much for your work and products!

  64. From Bruna Beatriz Spier through Facebook:

    Omg...R.I.P. Dr. Fulton!

  65. From Kelly Gregorakis through Facebook:

    Not only a great doctor, scientist and innovator - but a truly amazing being in every way. Integrity. Respect. Love. Humor. Accomplishment. Leadership. One of a kind. Love to the family, we were blessed to have such a beautiful individual on this planet.

  66. From Derek Fremd through Facebook:

    I only had the opportunity to meet him in person once but was impressed by his integrity, good nature, and humanity. He will be missed.

  67. From 熊秀珍 through Facebook:

    DEAR DR: 超生善道、往生淨土,阿彌陀佛!

    (Bounce good way, reborn in the Pure Land, Amitabha!)

  68. From Enrique Ramirez via email:

    My love to Sara and Kelly! Loved Dr. Fulton! He game me confidence I didn't have when it came to chemical peels and skincare.

  69. From Natalie Socarras through Facebook:

    So sad, he helped me with my acne and from there on I always believed in his work and the results he promised me. He will be missed, such a great loss.

  70. Heart breaking news. He was a true pioneer as well as a kind and gentle man. Our profession would not be what it is today without his many contributions. He leaves behind a deep legacy of innovation and education. I feel privileged to have known him and will remember my conversations with him fondly. My sincerest condolences go out to Sara, Kelly, and the entire family.
    Michael Q. Pugliese

  71. Heart breaking to read this news such an amazing talented man who has change the world of beauty! He will be truly missed! Prayers to the family ((HUGS))

  72. From Sueli Matos via email:

    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and with Dr. James's family during this difficult time.

    Sueli Matos

  73. From Skin Inc. magazine ‏(@SkinIncMag) through Twitter:

    #Skincare pioneer & Vivant Skin Care co-founder, James E. Fulton, lost his battle with colon cancer on 7/4 at age 73. http://bit.ly/18NNgTk

  74. Very sad to hear the news regarding Dr. Fulton. I had the privilege of taking many courses with him throughout the years and he was always a kind and patient teacher. His passion for his work was evident every time he spoke, it was easy to see how much he cared about each person he came into contact with.

    Prayers to his family, friends and all who knew him.

    -Clair Vazquez - TEXAS

  75. Sería dificl ocultar el dolor,
    Amaneceres serán oscuridad,
    Rumbo emprendo sin saber donde ir,
    Apariencia mostrar sin sentir.

    Finalmente partió el maestro,
    Unidos estamos en el dolor,
    Luces y estrellas brillarán en el cielo,
    Tinieblas y nubes alabarán al Gran Seňor
    O Dios mio darnos fuerzas,
    No más que descanse en Paz

    - Beatriz Urrutia, Vivant Skin Care staff

  76. From Skin Inc. Magazine through Facebook:

    James E. Fulton was a pioneer in the professional skin care industry who has inspired so many skin care professionals to learn as much about prevalent skin conditions and their treatments as possible. As a mentor to thousands, he will be greatly missed. The greatest condolences from the entire Skin Inc. team to Vivant Skin Care, and James' family and friends. He was an inspiration to us all.

  77. From Rae Goepfert through Facebook:

    Dr. Fulton had a tremendous impact on my life. I met him at his clinic as a patient. He cleared my acne and sparked my interest in Skincare which led me to become an Esthetician. I was blessed to participate in his Paramedical training course, helped 1000s of clients over the years to clear their skin and regain self esteem through his teaching. I often shared what I learned from Dr Fulton with my students. I am forever greatful for Dr. Fulton, his wife Sara and the tremendous contributions they made to the world of esthetics.

  78. From Skin Guru through Facebook:

    RIP. I have been trained by the Dr. many years ago. Retin-A would not even be in our skin care arsenal if it had not been for Dr. Fulton.

  79. From Rosie Pallares through Facebook:

    Rip James. He was a great inspiration. Got to meet him 4yrs ago at the skin show. His acne book is awesome and skin care line is great.

  80. From Sandy Polimeros through Facebook:

    So sorry to hear this. Chatted with him a few years back. His acne book is a must read for all Esty's.

  81. From Skin by Kyra through Facebook:

    I say a heartfelt good-bye to a remarkable skin professional. Dr Fulton was a wonderful educator. He shared his knowledge, professional and personal experiences so we could be better estheticians and treat our clients more successfully. I learned so much attending his classes and reading "Acne Rx" and used the information frequently. I will miss the presence and innovations of this generous man.

  82. From Cora Nelson through Facebook:

    So sad. His teachings also changed my life.

  83. From Victoria Ross through Facebook:

    So sad. I still use his book for my Esthetic students.

  84. From Chuckie Chelsea through Facebook:

    Sorry for your Loss. Rest in Peace James.

  85. From Joelle Geiger through Facebook:

    Rest in Peace Mr. Fulton. Thank you for sharing your passion and educating the masses. Sending love to all his family and friends.

  86. From Tamara Bennington through Facebook:

    Heart breaking to read this news such an amazing talented man who has change the world of beauty! He will be truly missed! Prayers to the family ((HUGS))

  87. Dear Sara,

    I am deeply saddened and very shocked upon hearing this tragic news. My heart aches! I wish I had seen Jim one more time! I feel I owe my life to this brilliant scientist and amazing mentor. He opened the door to the beautiful world of cosmetic dermatology for me. I never forget how thrilled, excited and proud I was when he accepted me to his fellowship program and how fast I left everything behind in Houston to start my fellowship with him as soon as I could, and how nice you welcomed me when I first saw you at the office. I truly believe that it is because of him that I have had a successful practice since I finished my fellowship to this date. I always enjoyed his sense of humor when he called me "Cookie" and I felt really proud when he called me "Botox Queen". I will always miss him.

    My sincere condolences to you, Susan, James, Kelly, George, and all family and friends for this significant loss! May his soul rest in peace!

    With lots of love,


  88. From Michele Desroches via email:

    To everyone,

    I just want to give my condolences to you guys and Dr. Fulton's family. He was such an amazing doctor for the two years I went to him. He gave me hope of dealing with my Lupus, when no other doctor was able to help me with my breakouts. I truly felt honored to be one of his patients. I will always cherish the moments of going into the office and him making me laugh when all I wanted to do was hide.

    I hope this email finds you guys well. You guys are all in my prayers.

    My sincerest apologies,

    Healthcare Operations Coordinator
    The Non-Violence Project USA, Inc.

  89. From Ed/Hazel Regidor and family via email:


    I'm sorry to hear the news about the death of Dr.Fulton for sure he will be remembered
    for his great ideas to skin care world. Surely We will miss him cause Vivant Pharmaceuticals
    Skin Care products is the number one when it comes to quality of ingredients and effectiveness in treating problematic skin.
    Hope you'll continue His legacy and we are indeed still your best client.

    May Dr. Fulton rest in peace and hoping the family is coping with the great loss.


    Skin Care Specialist
    And Wellness Center
    West Covina, CA
    Ed/Hazel Regidor and Family

  90. From Amelia Melendez via email:




  91. From Bridgette Reid via email:

    Please accept my condolences.
    Bridgette Reid.

    Live Good Love Hard

  92. From Virginia Beaton via email:

    I am so so sorry...what a wonderful person and humanitarian. He will be missed by all of us here. We love your products and will always admire his scientific mind.


    Virginia Beaton

  93. From Judith Pack via email:

    It is very sad to hear about Dr. Fulton he was a remarkable person and I will continue caring your line.

    Best regards,


  94. From Anna via email:

    Very sorry to hear of your loss.

  95. From Kirstie Nicholl Lyons through Facebook:

    So sorry...we have lost a truly compassionate and amazingly innovative doctor. He touched and helped so many lives. I feel lucky to have met him in person after using his products for years. Had no idea he was ill. May he rest in peace.

  96. Like Jim, I have cystic acne, bodywide age 9 to 34, until we met in Irvine at Fulton Med. Grp, 1987. I got A and BPO to peel. He made me his Esthetician and personal assist at the Acne Research Institute, commuting Santa Barbara to NPB 4 hrs.,crashing in pre-teen Kelly's twin bed at the Somerset house. Thai food or what the housekeeper at the time was serving up, working thru the nite on formulas, or at Coco's family restaurant, to get him from CF/AHC to a new line. What an honor! Fed, tested and eval'd rabbit ear essays-PETA people: None EVER HURT IN ANYWAY- beloved pets. Watched in awe as Jim got up and out running in special elevated shoes before 5am those days and hit the back yard pool to start his day, later in cold waters of the Pacific! His schedule was my schedule as I also opened my Acne Clinic of Santa Barbara, late 88. Most intense work of my life, from post surgery pt.rehab, in swimsuit, in the pt. shower, post-op skin removal and rehab, to office surg., writing articles, brainstorming, lab formulating and testing. Then my greatest test in '89, he let me have my way and generously 'tolerated' my pleadings and to shut me up, let me take his beloved Retin-A into esthetician form. After him those two years to help me convert it to non-scrip form for us estheticians, it was time. Too consumed he finally said, 'just do it'. With the help of an equine product co. using micellized Vita-A,scientist/developer, Dave Rutolo and I worked feverishly 'round the clock to make it 'human-friendly'. tested it on the office staff, bottle it and mass-produce all before the '89, LA Convention Center January SKin Care Show, 2 weeks away! Jim gave me the green light when he saw it made his skin peel & reproduce in 7-10 days, just like the Tretinoins. We were ready to roll for patent. Showtime: I called Marta at the exhibit. office- only ONE convention booth left & if you dont think that's divine intervention: the 1st one at the door to the convention floor! Next, name the stuff, design the label, find the bottler, labels, advertising posters, mass-produce, all in 3-4 days, 24/7. The greatest whirlwind of my life, next to the birth of my only child three years later! All with the "genius" himself, cheering me on! He was slated to speak only that year, no product yet to market, Vivant not conceived CF was gone,but we now had Derm-A-Gen! We had what estheticians nationwide, worldwide had been screaming for for years! Kindly, he gave me the privilege of naming it and introducing it: Derm-A-Gen, 2% Micel-A (Propionate), in aqueous form, a lotion for Esthetic use. There I stood at the mic and announced to hundreds of estheticians that we had it! They went NUTS! We sold 10,000 units in 15 minutes that first day of the show and were off and running. So, folks, that is how it was done, Fulton-style and Megan-style with yours truly ever blessed to be helping hands. After all, he took this scarred, flaring, 25 year inflammatory cystic acne sufferer from embarrasment to a life with purpose in two short years, and enabled me to help thousands. I cleared my own face and body in just two weeks after decades of m.d. goofs, with Olga, Jim and Carol, and then had a story to tell! 21 years, 2 acne clinics and 40,000 success stories later, I know I couldnt have done it without him! He believed in me when I didnt, and told others I had a photographic memory and was a genius. Takes one to know one, Jim! Thanks, thanks thanks for the memories and for being the best friend an esthetician ever had. Thank you, Jim, and all the family--hi, George! for all the help and support and giving me the opportunities you did, so I could pass on the legacy. God bless you all, and rest assured he is with his Savior. I look forward to seeing him there, where no doubt he is mixing up some miraculous concoction for the heavenly masses! Love Always, Megan Charles and Mason, who got him to eat a hamburger on his soy diet in '04 and who still thinks of him as Grandpa Jim (-:

    1. Hi Megan, I am so with you on your entire passage. I was a prior patient and I too was so grateful to help arrange large medical conventions in Newport Beach, where my face was blown up for every visiting surgeon to see and touch. He LOVED to teach and I drove him all over to visit patients in their homes, choose a new location in Newport Beach as he wanted more than anything to be on the water. I drove him multiple times to visit a clinic in Tijuana, spending endless hours back and forth, listening to him dictate his genius onto tape. At the clinic he spent all his time teaching his groundbreaking methods to their doctors who had horribly botched patient's faces with Salicylic acid and taping up their faces. After his move back to Florida, I met him several times through the years for coffee on his stopovers here in So Cal and only learned last year that he was gone. I can't ever forget him and will ALWAYS be grateful for giving me back my face and self-confidence. Am glad Sara and his kids are carrying on his legacy!

  97. We're so sorry to hear about your loss. Dr. Fulton was a brilliant doctor and we will always miss him.

    Thank you,

  98. From Hector Varela via email:

    Doctor, we know that you are in a better place
    Resting from the daily stress

    Joy reflected on your smiling face
    Announcing a body free of pain,
    Missing you, yes we are, but in our hearts
    Established like a deep mark,
    Stays your legacy, as a great man

    Expecting to see you once again,

    Firmly believing with faith, that
    Underneath your prompt departure
    Love was meant to stay close
    To those who knew you
    On this earth, the universe, we’ll say
    Never forgotten, but your presence will remain.

  99. Dear Sara, Kelly and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss of Dr. Fulton. I count it as one of my greatest privileges that I was allowed time to get to know him and you. It was an honor to have worked with him at the clinic and along side him in his lab. He was so brilliant and yet also so humble, he was always kind, up beat and funny. So patient and caring toward every one! He not only left a great legacy in the world of dermatology but also with the many people he helped and inspired.
    It is my hope that you will find comfort in the prayers of the many who care.
    Sincerely with love,
    Nancy Gentile

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  101. From Jopy Wikana via email:

    Dear Sara and the Fulton Family,

    On behalf of PT. Inti Utama Sehat, Myself and My family, herewith please accept my deepest condolences and profound sympathy on the recent loss of your dearest husband, Prof. James E. Fulton Jr., M.D., Ph.D., who passed away on Thursday, July 4th, 2013.
    He was a dedicated man who was well liked and respected by his fellows. Our thought and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Best Regards,
    Jopy Wikana and Family

  102. From Beate Comment via email:

    My deepest sympathy to The Fulton Family!

    I am saddened to hear for the loss of the greatest teacher I have ever met in my over 30 years of being a passioned Skin Care Therapist. When I received a simple post card inviting everybody to an Advanced Aesthetic Training Course in 2007. I thought this would be good for me to polish off my deficit in the English language .I did not know that I will meet my future mentor who changed much more in my professional life then spelling words properly.

    Dr. Fulton thought me as a professional a different level in performing a facial and also providing the best skin care possible to my clients.I learned so much more then I ever received in previous taken classes. I can truly say I became a better Skin Care Therapist. I am honored to have met him and I am very proud to work with his amazing skin care products for many years to come.

    Truly yours,
    Beate Comment
    San Francisco CA

  103. From Ed/Hazel Regidor and Family via email:

    We are sorry to hear the news
    about the death of Dr.Fulton
    for sure he will be remembered
    for his great ideas to skin care
    world. Surely we will miss him
    due to the fact that Vivant Pharmaceuticals
    Skin Care products is the number one
    when it comes to quality of
    Ingredients and effectiveness in
    treating problematic skin.
    Hope you'll continue His legacy
    and we are indeed still your best clients.

    May Dr. Fulton rest in peace
    and hoping the family is coping with
    the great loss.


    Ed/Hazel Regidor and Family
    Skin Care Specialist And Wellness Center
    West Covina, CA

  104. From Katt Philipps via email:

    I just read about Dr. Fulton, I am so incredibly sorry for your loss.

    Katt Philipps

  105. From Sueli Matos via email:

    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and with Dr.James' family during this difficult time.

    Sueli Matos

  106. From Vanessa Estrada via email:

    Dear Kelly,

    I wanted to extend to you, Sara and your family my deepest condolences for your loss. Dr Fulton was an amazing man and will live on forever in our hearts.

    My family and I have you all in our prayers.


    Vanessa Estrada

  107. From Ed Gomez via email:


    I am sorry to hear of Jim's passing. A friend in Florida forwarded the announcement to me, as I live in Seattle and am totally disconnected from dermatology. My thoughts are with you in this difficult time. I will not be able to attend the Memorial Service but I will arrange a gift in Jim's name to the Bob Hsia Fund. It seems that the gang of old colleagues and friends keeps getting smaller each year. I hope you are in good health and will continue your active role in dermatology. Again, my condolences to you and your family.


    Ed Gomez

  108. From Lily Trieu via email:

    In these days and nights of sorrow, know that you are not alone, but are in the prayers, the thoughts, and the hearts of those who care.

    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Lily Trieu

  109. From Anakarina via email:

    I just received the email Vivant sent about Dr.Fulton. My dearest condolences to all of at Vivant and his family. I was truly saddened to read that he passed, however, i hope he didn't suffer very much, as i know cancer is a horrible disease to have. It was a pleasure to meet him and can only imagine how great it must have been to work along side him. You are all in my prayers,

    Take care,

  110. From the His House Children's Home via email:

    I am so sorry to hear about Dr. Fulton. He was a wonderful doctor with a big heart for the children.

    With Warm Regards,


  111. From Miriam via email:


    Me acabo de enterar de la noticia del Dr. Fulton, desconocía por completo de su condición y lo sucedido. Lo conocí muy poco pero se el gran ser humano que era y su gran corazón
    Mi más sentido pesame, no sabes como me siento y me imagino que para todos ustedes debe de ser un momento muy dificil.

    Cualquier cosa me dejas saber.

    Con Cariño,

  112. From Karyn and Aleksander via email:

    Aleksander and I are so extremely sad, we found out though Facebook on the day of our spa grand opening, we just couldn't stop crying. We feel terrible especially for Sara and their children :-(
    I can't imagine how it was for you either just after holidays news like this :-(
    My heart and condolences goes out to all of the Vivant family!

  113. From Lori Goldenberg via email:

    Dear Kelly,
    I hope you get my message? I was devastatingly shocked to read about the loss of Dr Fulton, your beloved Dad. I had no idea he was ill. I am so very sorry to hear this horribly sad news. My heart goes out to You and your family. i can only imagine the deep sadness you are feeling today. I have walked in your shoes. My Dad was also a doctor, a teacher, a mentor and touched so many lives as so did your Dad. Dr. Fulton was an excellent teacher, mentor, and physician.
    I remember going to my first Jacob Javits medical convention held by the International Esthetic organization back in 2004, ( I think). I walked into his Acne class and was instantly drawn in to his lecture. He explained everything so well. I was immediately hooked. I followed Dr. Fulton wherever he would lecture, Las Vegas, and primarily the east coast. I live in CT). I became a VIVANT "groupie" if you will. He was such an amazing speaker. I soaked in every word. I loved learning from him and I will miss him for the knowledge base he had, for the gift of teaching, for his easy demeanor, for the "ADD" (attention deficit disorder) jokes he use to tease about himself...he just had so much wealth of knowledge that he just wanted to tell it all to those in his classes. He would go off on medical tangents. I loved it!!! Gosh.... I just can't believe he is gone.

    My condolences go out to you all!

    Please know you are in my thoughts. May time heal your pain and the emptiness you all feel now. May Vivant live on in the memory and honor of your Dad, Dr. Fulton!

    Fondly with hugs,
    Lori Goldenberg,RN

    PS: I opened up my own practice in 2011. Your Dad was an inspiration and motivator who believed in me that I could have a successful practice. I have him to thank for giving me an extra push in that direction.
    Electrolysis & Medical Skin Care of Western Connecticut, founded 2011
    Dermatology Associates of Glastonbury (RN esthetician)

  114. From Rosalie and Dave Neto via email:

    To the Fulton family.

    Deepest sympathy in your tragic loss. Dr Fulton was a great inspiration to many people and his achievements were notable. In my time with you all in the clinic I learnt so much from him.
    He will truly, be missed.

    Rosalie and Dave Neto

  115. From Meredith Wolf via email:

    Please except my deepest sympathy. He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure to know him.

    With warm thoughts,

    Meredith Wolf

  116. From Roxana Zayas via email:

    Quiero k me agas el favor de decirle a la senora de Dr. Fulton y su hija k cuanto siento la muerte del Dr. Me pego muy duro por k el fue un eroe para mi.


  117. From Alecia Davidson via email:

    I just received the news of the loss of your father and I am so saddened and sorry for your loss. Please know you and your whole family have my heartfelt sympathy. I started my training with Dr. Fulton over eleven years ago and he had the greatest impact in shaping my career. I would not be the esthetician I am today without his training. I still often watch my training DVD's from years ago - just to pick up anything I may have missed and to brush up on my knowledge and am glued to every word! I cried upon reading the beautiful and heartfelt messages of how much your father impacted our whole community. I want to personally thank you and your mother for carrying on with the passion and legacy he has created. Thank you for traveling to New York this past year and bringing us the training classes! It truly means a lot to work with such a great company. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time.

    Alecia Davidson
    Skin & Body Rejuvenation

  118. From Carolyn Shook through Facebook:

    Dr. Jim, what a dear man. So devoted and dedicated to his profession and his patients.I cannot even begin to imagine how much Sara and family and staff will miss him. I know how much I will miss him. He has been in my prayers and he will continue to be in my prayers.

    Carolyn Shook

  119. From Susan Lujan through Facebook:

    I am saddened to hear of Dr Fulton's passing. Dr Fulton has left a wonderful legacy to the world. Warm, kindhearted, and caring, he did so much for acne sufferers and all of us acne specialists! We will all miss him greatly. Thank you to the entire family for continuing to carry on his legacy, his products, and his teachings. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time. My deepest condolences.


    Susan Clark-Lujan
    The Facial Room Acne & Skin Care Clinic

  120. From Janet Teape through Facebook:

    I am very sad to hear of the passing of Dr. Fulton. RIP...you will be missed.

  121. From Sueli Ma through Facebook:

    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with Dr.James' family during this difficult time.

    Sueli Matos

  122. From Afshin David Rahimi through Facebook:

    James, I will miss you. Thank you for being a great teacher.

  123. From Louisa Terry Stickel through Facebook:

    Alexa and I are very saddened to hear of Dr. Fulton's passing! It was very unexpected and unwelcomed news. Our deepest sympathy to his family first and foremost, and also to the wonderful staff and friends of Dr. Fulton. And, I would like to say that Dr. Fulton had a special quality that was evident from the get-go. Compassion, kindness, empathy and good humor emanated from him! I will always remember him fondly, and with a smile.

  124. From Sue Admire Harris through Facebook:

    Dr. Fulton was happy, giving, kind and in my opinion a medical genius. Through his medical advancements my face survived teenage years! Now he has been treating my son. Dr. Fulton could manage acne when no other doctor could! He is so missed! My heart sank to the floor as I read the e-mail of his passing. I will never forget his warm happy smile greeting me in his office. You will be missed!

    Thank you for keeping his office open, we need his medical advancements to continue to help my teenagers!

  125. From Gloria Carolina Medina through Facebook:

    Dr Fulton lo voy a extranar mucho, no solo un gran doctor, era una persona maravillosa, y con gran sentido del humor. Paz a sus restos.

  126. From Skin Care by Alana through Facebook:

    Our hearts go out to Vivant Skin Care, their co-founder James E. Fulton Jr., M.D passed away recently, so sad! http://ow.ly/mSHdC

  127. From Doris Ruiz via LinkedIn:

    I had the chance to meet Dr. Fulton in many classes and I was astonished by his humble way of teaching. Always ready to answer our questions and I have the fortune to have a picture with him and his book signed for me. I hope the company will follow his philosophy and keep providing the aestheticians with the great products he have trusted for his company.and follow his research on acne, still a whole world to learn about it. My condolences for his family. Doris Ruiz

  128. From Rose Prieto via email:

    Hi Kelly,

    I hope this message finds you well. I was so very sorry to read about the passing of your father. I lost my father 2 years ago so I understand how difficult this process is. I only had the pleasure of speaking to your dad a few times, however, his enthusiasm for teaching and his welcoming spirit was rare and unforgettable. I wish you and your family all the best.
    My sympathies to you and your family.


    Rose Prieto

  129. From Karen Kouloumbis through Facebook:

    My deepests sympathies go out to the family. I am a Clinical Aesthetician and have one of his books auto graphed just this year! : (

  130. From Wendei Smith via LinkedIn:

    Oh, no! This is the first I'm hearing of Dr. Fulton's passing. Had he been ill? What a horrible loss for our community.

  131. From Brandon Doyle via LinkedIn:

    Oh, this makes me SO sad. I'm reading his book for a second time and am just amazed at the amount of insight and information he's able to offer. I bought the book off of abebooks.com and was excited to find that it was inscribed by him at some point. Rest in peace Dr. Fulton knowing you educated SO many people.

  132. From Marie-Claire Edouarzin via LinkedIn:

    BEYOND sad to hear this. Met him in Long Beach 2 years ago. He lives in us.

  133. From Jennifer Detrick via LinkedIn:

    Ohhhh...that sucks!! I agree with all of your comments and thanks to Laura for letting us all know. I guess I thought he was younger, but now that I think about it I guess he would probably be in his 70's :(

  134. From Jennifer Kligman via LinkedIn:

    He has definitely left an amazing legacy!

  135. From Cheryl Sue Wing via LinkedIn:

    My condolences to his family, I met him at a conference many years ago...very knowledgeable.

  136. From Daniela Ferri via LinkedIn:

    I just finished his book not 2 weeks ago. So sad.

  137. From Nikkie T. LES, CPT, CHNC via LinkedIn:

    Oh No! This is so sad to hear this. What a loss for the skincare world. :(

  138. From Ben Johnson, MD via LinkedIn:

    Dr Fulton was a friend and a respected colleague. He had a wonderful impact on the direction of skin care and acne protocols in particular. My thoughts and prayers are with his family as he will be missed by everyone who knew him!

  139. From Nancy Gargiulo via LinkedIn:

    My deepest sympathies to the Fulton family. A tremendous loss to our community.

  140. From Laurie Neronha LEL via LinkedIn:

    A great loss to his family, the esthetics community, and he world. Our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones:(

  141. From Glenda Engelbach via LinkedIn:

    His book changed the direction of my career. Our hearts are with you Sara and Kelly.

  142. From Shelly Gomez via LinkedIn:

    My sincere condolences to Dr Fultons family! I was fortunate enough to have met him and experience his relentless excitement about skin and its conditions He will be sorely missed

  143. From Stephanie Holvick RN, via LinkedIn:

    I have been sad for days now...My husband and I enjoyed his company as well as his wife. They were a great team. He was a great man and if you did not know he was a really funny guy.:( But when I think of him I :)

  144. From Laura Cooksey via LinkedIn:

    Yes, we used to have dinner with Sara and Dr. Fulton - I also found him hilarious. I will miss him so much!

  145. From Ruth Ann Holloway, PME, LE, LMT, NT, via LinkedIn:

    Dr. Fulton was an original. He helped pioneer acne into workable therapies. He worked with professionals to further their knowledge, and thus helped thousands who suffer(d) with debilitating acne.His book, ACNE Rx - I wore out the first one, and with the new edition, I tabbed the pages according to topic and section, and had it spiral bound.

    Dr. Fulton - THANK YOU ; )

  146. From Liliya Yaruskaya via LinkedIn:

    My deepest condolences to Dr. Fulton's family...

  147. From Martha Hoffman via LinkedIn:

    Dr Fulton will be missed.

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  149. From Debbie Arteaga via LinkedIn:

    My heart goes to James Fulton and his family. I took his class a few years ago.

    He will always be remembered as one of the greats who believed in aesthetician's and how they enhance any business.

  150. From Kathryn Khadija Leverette via LinkedIn:

    I knew him very well, and lectured with him many times over the years. I knew how ill he'd been and just heard he passed away. His daughter is a member of this group and I'm contacting her now. He was much loved and appreciated by estheticians and acne clients alike and will be missed.

  151. From Jane Marie D'Amato via LinkedIn:

    A great loss. How very sad. My thoughts and prayers to his family.

  152. From Trisha Tortolani via LinkedIn:

    Thoughts and prayers going out to his family. He was a great inspiration who had such a positive influence on so many lives.

  153. From Fonda Jo Franyovich via LinkedIn:

    I too knew Dr. Fulton very well and took several of his classes. He was a great man who gave us so much. My prayers go out to Sara, Kelly and the rest of the Fulton family.

  154. From Brenda Griffin via LinkedIn:

    I only wish I had the pleasure of attending one of his classes and meeting him. He will live on through all of you who learned so much from him and share it with other estys and your clients.

  155. From Deborah Dassion via LinkedIn:

    For anyone in Dr. Fulton's family that may read this..gosh..he will be missed. He has given sooooooooo much from the teen to us "younger" ones. I was taken aback to read this thread. Blessings to him and to those that will take over!

  156. From Ludy Marquez via LinkedIn:

    I will surely miss him! I am seeing his client from a long time ago, She adores him so much because he help her clear her acne and not even charged her because she did not have any money. He's a great doctor

  157. From Laura Cooksey via LinkedIn:

    Oh my gosh, just now saw this. A huge loss for all of us. I'm grateful I had the time I had with him. He will surely be missed.

  158. From Kathryn Khadija Leverette via LinkedIn:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Jim Fulton long way before my skin care career. He was a close friend of my mother's. Once I started school, I would stay with the Fulton family when I was in So Cal. I started lecturing with him about ethnic skin in his seminars before I was licensed.

    I didn't know this until now, but he was only a little over 8 years older than me. I knew he was battling cancer, and he looked frail the last few times my staff and I hooked up with him. I was hoping he'd beat this.

  159. From Juline Hamilton via LinkedIn:

    Never had the chance to take a class with him but I learned so much from his books.

  160. From Carolyn B Melby via LinkedIn:

    I also had the pleasure and honor being with him- training and the time he called and requested to come by my office and look at all the treatments I was doing. Spent some time with him at his office. He was showing me his acne techniques. We would often run into each other walking to and or from the hotel-Vegas convention- having long talks and walks. Sharing personally information. I was so inspired by him. LOVED him! Loved his passion. I knew he was ill and was near his last days....so sad today. He left the world a better place with his passion. RIP Dr. James E Fulton.

    Between him and Estee Lauder - I can honestly say...an amazing cosmetic / skincare journey!

  161. From Sharon Amato via LinkedIn:

    I had several lectures with Dr. Fulton, he was very passionate about teaching and sharing his knowledge. He is a legend and will be missed!

  162. From Karen Columbus, MMA, MA, via LinkedIn:

    How awful. His research changed the course of my life.

  163. From Elizabeth Torres via LinkedIn:

    My condolences to his family, I do remember his Derm-A-Gel many years ago. A loss to us all; he was a pioneer and a great educator.

  164. From Jastinder Gill via LinkedIn:

    It is sad to know that a legend has passed away. May God be with him in his now onward journey.

  165. From Cheryl Bryant-Rushing via LinkedIn:

    I feel with the passing of Dr. Fulton and the passing last year of Dr. Kligman, the first great era of Cosmeceutical Research has ended. I am so very grateful to these two dynamic researchers who developed the ingredients for Acne and Photoaging that still influence our industry today. I am personally indebted to both for their contribution to my success as a aesthetician and the role they played in elevating our industry to the high standard it is today.

  166. From Kathryn Khadija Leverette via LinkedIn:

    In addition to Retin A, Jim Fulton developed the first esthetiticans could use (vitamin A propionate), as well as water-based benzoyl peroxide gel, topical erythromycin and non-comedogenic skin care as we know it today. We owe him a huge debt.

  167. From Fonda Jo Franyovich via LinkedIn:

    Cheryl, you have said what many of us are also feeling. Thank you.

  168. From Brenda Harper via LinkedIn:

    Sympathy to the Fulton family - trained with Dr Fulton, lovely man and a pioneer for our profession to help acne sufferers.

  169. From Molly R Salyard, RN via email:

    I am heartbroken to hear of DR Fulton's death - I have helped sooooo many people due to his mission to educate people that acne can be controlled and / or eradicated when all his education is used.

    I was just in Boulder CO and finished the Denver TRI for A cure Triathlon in honor of my mom who died of pancreatic CA- sadly DR Fulton is now part of that effort.

    While most believe Acne does not kill like cancer, I disagree I know it kills confidence and human spirit. I recently saw my nephew had developed acne and KNEW - I could Help - and I also knew addressing the topic would likely be embarrassing and possibly offend and make him respond in anger to my comments. I said, Molly do you love him enough to allow and accept his anger? Well indeed he told his mom (my sister) and I was banned from the topic.

    In the meantime, I tried to stop the order I had sent to them including the book and BP 10% - fearing more "issues". I arrived home to be greeted by multiple requests from every teen's mom in the Boulder CO area, along with my sisters requests.

    Apparently, when the package arrived, my nephew actually ASKED if he could have the product (BP 10%) and my sister (a genetic Freak with ZERO skin issues EVER) she read the book and this last visit both teens had white bed linings due to their new Vivant skin plan. I was relieved as it was risky to offer help for acne when it was NOT asked for, especially since both niece and nephew were seeing a dermatologist. I imagine assuming his credentials trumped mine.

    Sadly, the MD they saw was given the same 'help' I was given decades ago - antibiotics - and an RX for BP without any education and from what I observed, I was saddened that there had been zero progress treating acne as without education, without a passion for the spirit killing effects of acne diminishing its confidence killing as if it does not matter. I tell friends clients and family, if you are seeing a Dermatologist for acne, inquire if he/ she or someone they love has had serious acne? Move on...

    Vivant lives on thru Dr Fulton - I always joked - Tom Cruise could walk by and I would not notice - but if DR Fulton walked by I would leap to my feet to meet this amazing researcher Dr and person!


    Molly R Salyard,RN

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  171. From Lisa Derseweh via U.S. Mail:

    My deepest sympathy goes out to the Vivant and Fulton family. I enjoyed learning from Dr. Fulton and enjoyed meeting him. He even visited my business on a trip to California! It was so nice to know someone that pioneered the skin care industry for estheticians & physicians alike!


    Lisa Derseweh

    "A life well lived is a life much loved.

    Even in sadness, you must feel pride
    in the legacy left by someone so special.
    That spirit will continue to shine,
    lighting the way for others,
    leaving all of us an example to follow
    and a remarkable life to remember
    with grateful hearts."

  172. From Stephanie Frey via email:

    Hi Kelly -

    I just read the obit on your Dad and just wanted to tell you how sorry it was to hear of his passing.

    He was such an icon in our industry and although I only met him once, he was very gracious and accessible.

    I'm truly sorry for your loss.

    Stephanie Frey
    SkinCare Fundamentals

  173. From Roman Shipachev via email:

    Dear Sara , Kelly , Susan , James -Third , George , accept our sincere condolences on an occasion of death of James . Dr. Fulton was the brilliant scientist, the remarkable practitioner and surprising person, the humanist and harmoniously developed personality which scale are fully visible only at distance. But we will remember James first of all as friend. We thank God for that time that we could communicate with James. We grieve together with you and we remember James in Russia.

    Roman Shipachev, Yury and Olga.

  174. From Rachel Kumagai via www.VivantSkinCare.com:

    This is just a note to Sarah Fulton to express my sorrow at hearing of the loss of Dr. Fulton this July. He was a great man and a great doctor. My prayers and condolences to the family.

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  178. My name is Jo Prabhu. I moved my family all the way from India to find a miracle cure for my ACNE and can never forget how Dr. Fulton changed my life! After many rejections from Dermatologists and Cosmetic Surgeons in Beverly Hills, CA, he took me on as his first olive-skinned patient! I will forever be grateful for his genius, his ground-breaking products, incredibly gifted hands and for the hope and confidence he restored in me and thousands of other patients I was privileged to meet. You were the God I needed and no one can replace you, Dr. Jim. I am so very sorry you are gone, but you gave me back my life and I will never stop telling the world about you!