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Patricia Bulman

May 9, 1949 — September 7, 2015

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

UC Regents, Care of Emily Albu

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