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Patricia Bulman

Patricia Anne Bulman of Davis, California passed away in the evening on Sunday, September 6, 2015 at the age of 66 after a long struggle with cancer. Daughter of Gertrude and David Bulman, she was born on May 9, 1949 in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. She grew up in Washington Heights in St. Elizabeth's parish. Educated in the Ursuline and Jesuit tradition, she received her secondary education at the Academy of Mount Saint Ursula, NY, where she excelled in Latin, and earned her B.A. from Fordham University, NY, where she majored in English and minored in French. She received her Doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley with ancient Greek as her primary language, and then taught for more than 20 years as a Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Classics at the University of California, Davis. She was passionately committed to teaching the fundamentals of Greek and Latin to her students, and throughout her life she maintained a great love for Greek lyric poetry, especially Pindar, and for 19th century British poetry and novels.

Dr. Bulman is survived by her husband, Thomas Chance and her sisters Eileen Halatyn (Thomas Scott) of Vero Beach, Florida and Joan Meilleur (Steven Meilleur) of Rio Rancho, New Mexico. She dearly loved her nieces Kimberly and Christine, her nephews David and Peter, and her grandnieces, Anna and Kate.

Cremation will be through Smith Funeral Home, Davis, California. Her family requests that any remembrance be made to the UC Davis Classics Program (payable to UC Regents, care of Emily Albu, 1 Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616) in support of the annual David Traill Lecture in Classics

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from her husband Sep 6 2017 12:00 AM

It was two years ago this evening when you took your leave of me, My Darling. You had suffered enough. Since then I have carried your noble Spirit in my heart as an ever-present reminder to appreciate each day to its fullest.from your husband

Thomas H Chance Sep 6 2017 12:00 AM

I just saw Patti name in Fordham alumni magazine In Memorium. I knew Patti for a few years after college living with a group of friends in Westchester County, NY. It was a time between things for all of us. She was special, elegant, sophisticated, Intelligent, independent, calm, quietly amused by the rest of us! These were all amazing traits to me at that time and I always remembered her. I wondered many times how her life worked out. I am so sad to know she had to endure cancer and that she is gone. I am not surprised but happy to know she was so deeply in involved in literature, had a magnificent career in education, and that she married. I am leaving this note to let her family know that even those that Patti touched for a short time many years ago remember her so well. My deepest sympathy. Judy Manion Fernandez

Judy Manion Fernandez Jun 22 2016 12:00 AM

May, 9th, 2017, Happy Birthday, my darling Patricia. I miss you so much. Yours always, TOM

Thomas H Chance May 10 2016 12:00 AM

Patricia and I go back to 1971 and our post college days New York. When I moved to California 1978, her gracious demeanor and warm smiling face were here to greet me. We may not have seen each other as often as we would have liked, but when we did the incredible bond of the old days was as strong as ever. I cherish our last time together at Thanksgiving at my house in Auburn almost 3 years ago. I consider Patricia one of my dearest friends, and will miss her so. Linda Brown

Linda Brown Sep 23 2015 12:00 AM

I was very shocked when I found out. The news was surreal for me, unbelievable. I had Dr. Bulman for Greek 1, Greek 2, Classics 1 and Latin 1 (and maybe more). She was an approachable and knowledgeable professor unlike many others. I also found her to be non-judgemental and courteous in her interactions with me. I remember an appointment I had in her office where we looked over one of my essays and had further intellectual discussions. I had used the word "martyr" in reference to something, while she preferred "patriot" :) We also once had an interesting discussion in an elevator, on a day when there was daylight savings. I was very late to class (actually missed the entire period) with my paper because of the daylight savings, so I was articulating an intellectual excuse to her for me being late by telling her a prophetic tradition (saying of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him) that, "Manipulation of time is a type of truth-concealment." In other words, it's unethical. She found it very curious and amusing, but didn't intuit how so, so I had to explain that in reality sunrise and sunset is still following its normal course with few minutes difference each day, since I pray my pre-Sunrise Dawn prayer and post-Sunset Evening prayer still roughly at about the same times. It's only the clock that's changed and so we shift everything in society with it. Daylight savings' is only done for business' sake. Anyways, when I explained it to her she got it and was in quiet reflection. My honest excuse (yet maybe not so) worked! It was also in her class that I wrote my final paper essay regarding Achilles, analyzing the difference between someone's "character" and "personality" using the Greek "kharacter" and the Latin "persona" etymologies as a basis for my argument. She liked the paper and it eventually was selected as the best paper to be included in the Classics Journal for that year, but due to lack of funds was never published. There are many other good memories I have of her. I am sad to hear of her passing away and never knew anything of her life-struggles. As a conservative Muslim, ultimately, I wish her to be enveloped in the infinitely-vast mercy of Allah (God) and entrance into the Abode of everlasting peace and happiness with all other good human beings by the intercession of the greatest Paraclete, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who was sent as a "Loving-mercy to all the cosmos" (Qur'an). I also express my heart-felt condolences to her spouse, family, and friends at large. To Him we belong and to Him we shall return. Peace be upon us the day we are born, the day we die and the day we shall be resurrected. Amen! Your Greek, Latin, and Classics Student at UCD years 2007-2009 Aggie Alumnus Abdullah Wafy (a.k.a. Alex)

Abdullah Wafy Sep 22 2015 12:00 AM

aI consider myself very fortunate to have been a student of Dr. Bulman's while at UC Davis. She was an outstanding educator, and a wonderful person. I have such fond memories of running into her in the hallways over the years- always with a graceful smile on her face, always enthusiastic to provide any mentoring support she could. I'm so glad to have known her, and will certainly miss her. Ave atque vale, Dr. Bulman.

Raed Moustafa Sep 18 2015 12:00 AM

I have to piggy back on to Frank's comments on 'the Hillegass days' - this was the mid-80's and I was a housemate of Patricia's when she was working on her doctorate. She had the upstairs unit (the cool attic space Frank mentions) in our extended family of friends household of thirty-somethings, and we were all going through our various scenarios settling into some version of adulthood.. She was a great friend in listening to all my romantic melodramas, as well as being a kindred spirit, as I had studied architectural history at UC Berkeley and also being into spirituality and alternative healing, I got particularly interested in the healing temples of the Greek god Asclepius, where people would come to have healing dreams. Certainly a tradition that should be revived (or does it continue there? I hope so. It does with me, anyway). Of course, her boyfriend Tom was around, and as I remember it, they came back from a weekend away one time (Mendocino, I think?) and said sort of casually "We got married" - I thought that was SO cool! And I hadn't seen the wedding photo - thanks Tom! Enjoyed visits to Davis later on, their garden patio, walks on campus, the farmer's market and dinners out. And because we had philosophical, mythological and spiritual inclinations, we shared some good reflections over the years. I am so appreciative of all the recent photos shared by Tom and her sisters - thank you! Not having had the opportunity for visits in the last couple years it really filled in some blanks and was so inspiring to see Patricia's unrelenting (ongoing?) radiance! To borrow a favorite line from John Lennon "Well we all shine on, like the moon and the stars and the sun"!

Shela Ray Sep 17 2015 12:00 AM

Dearest Family~ I was so saddened to hear of the passing of my cousin Patricia. I remember so many wonderful times with all of us together~ Christmas at Nana's, Baptisms, Confirmations, Graduations, Weddings and ultimately the sting and sorrow of family deaths was made more bearable by the presence of each other. Thank you so much for sharing all these wonderful photos and memories with us~they were a joy to see. Obviously, Patricia had a long, hard struggle with a vicious disease, yet, she leaves a legacy of intelligence, beauty and hope that we will all cherish. Love Always, Joanie Riley

Joan Riley Sep 16 2015 12:00 AM

As her Comparative Literature colleague I always loved trading thoughts about books and people with Patricia. I will sorely miss those exchanges, which extended into retirement. Her immense courage facing cancer moved me deeply: she was unflinching, yet still so generously engaged with others. It was a privilege to share precious time with her.

Donna Reed Sep 16 2015 12:00 AM

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