Board of Trustees Member Brian Prinn Passed Away on Feb. 24
Brian Prinn, a businessman, Navy veteran, and member of
Fuller’s Board of Trustees, passed away on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the age
of 68. Prinn contributed to Fuller significant knowledge and business
experience, not to mention a warm heart of service for God and ministry.
"We are so deeply
saddened by this sudden loss,” said Richard J. Mouw, president of
Fuller. “Brian had such a wonderful heart for his family, for his church,
and for the ministry of Fuller Seminary. Brian's service as a Fuller
trustee has made a lasting impact on all of us. He will be missed."
Prinn joined Fuller’s Board of Trustees in 2004 and served
as chair of the Resource Management Committee since 2009. Last fall, he
chaired the newly formed Strategic Financial Planning Committee to help with
Fuller’s current and future financial issues.
Prinn brought with him a wealth of knowledge, having held a
BA in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and an MA from the Stanford
Graduate School of Business.
Following graduation, Prinn entered the real estate
business, initially as an officer of a real estate investment trust in Los
Angeles. In 1975, he joined Lowe Enterprises Inc., where he spent 28 years and
served as vice chairman of the company’s board. In 2003, Prinn formed Skye,
Inc., a real estate and private equity investment company. He also served as a
managing member of land development company Fonterra Partners LLC.
"It is a
massive loss to Fuller Seminary to have lost our dear friend and esteemed
trustee Brian Prinn,” said Cliff Penner, chair of the Board of Trustees. “Brian
had the unique capacity to immerse himself deeply into the financial issues of
the seminary and lead and guide the seminary in a healthy, positive
direction. His tenacity in holding fast to what he believed to be right
was an example to all of us. We will miss him dearly!"
A natural leader and devoted Christian, Prinn served as an
elder of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a board member of ScholarLeaders
International. He was a national trustee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of
Prinn also spent time as an officer in the U.S. Navy, with
tours in the USS Polk County, which deployed to Vietnam, and at the Naval
Supply Systems Command Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he received the
Navy Commendation Medal.
“Brian has been such
a dear friend and partner in Fuller's ministry,” said Fuller Provost C. Doug
McConnell. “As a trustee for nine years, Brian has given so much of his
professional expertise along with his personal commitment to serve the
seminary. We deeply grieve Brian's passing, and pray for his loving
family at this very difficult time."
Prinn is survived by his wife Linda, his two children, and
A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 1, at 11:00
a.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, California. A
reception will immediately follow.