Media update: Memorial service this afternoon for former WDEL host Fulcher

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A memorial service is scheduled today for former WDEL talk show host Gerry Fulcher.

Fulcher was a former member of an undercover New York Police Department unit in the1960s passed away last month.

The public is invited to a memorial service for Gerry on Friday, March 15 at 3 p.m. at the 5th floor chapel of the St. Francis Hospital, 701 N Clayton St, Wilmington.

Fulcher’s work as a former member of an undercover NYPD unit was documented in the late Columbia University professor Manning Marable 2011 biography “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention” which won the 2012Pulitzer Prize for History.

Fulcher’s life also included serving as a member of the Christian Brothers Catholic community

He left the NYPD, due to gambling issues and became a college faculty member.

Fulcher came to Wilmington and worked at Wilmington College. He went on to run a commuter newspaper for a time and founded organizations that focused on problem gambling. He led efforts to deal with gambling at a time when casinos were opening in the state.

He was best known for a time later in his life when he was part of a talk show host on WDEL. He was known for his outspoken and sometimes combativeliberal views, as well as advocacy of open government, criticism of local politicians and opposition to gambling expansion.

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