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|Description ||Tom Bullock photographing a round barrow in Surrey on a visit to see me in May 2011. Sadly Tom died in late June in Croatia. He had a heart attack just after finishing up a swim off of the Dalmatian Coast. |
Tom was a retired astronomy and photography lecturer from California, and has visited more stone circles than anyone else I am aware of. He authored the Stone Circles CD-ROM that many of you will know and was a significant early contributor to the Megalithic Portal.
He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, myself included.
|Andy B |
| There will be a celebration of Tom Bullock's life to be held Sunday, August 28th at Roaring Camp's Bret Harte Hall in Felton, California. More details at|
| Andy, what a loss. I often look up the CD when I am heading somewhere - that work will be his really lasting memorial for me. How poignant that you managed to spend some good time with him so recently.|
In case his family don't realise just how much his work has been respected over this side of the Pond, any way of using current technology to have people 'signing in' to the celebration on 28th?
I bet they'd be amazed to know who many people have looked at the images & entries he'd posted on Portal if that is to hand?
| By way of thanks for his massive contribution, making a contribution to the Portal's running costs seems apt, so I've at last got round to doing so for 2011! Diolch. |
|Andy B |
| Thanks Peter, I sent this photo and details to his family and will pass on your thoughts. I am hopeful I can get hold of Tom's more recent updates so we can carry on his work.|
|Blingo von Trumpenstein |
| Sad news. A superb contributor to our understanding of ancient sites.|
Reading about Tom has spurred me on in my research. His magnificent data will be with us forever. He will not be forgotten . . .
|Andy B |
| Tom Bullock passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on June 26 while touring in Hvar, Croatia. He was doing two of his favorite things, traveling and swimming. A beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend to many he will always be sorely missed.|
Thomas Lee Bullock was born the second son of Frank and Ruth Bullock on October 2 1937 in Alameda CA. Tom graduated from Castlemont High School in Oakland Ca in the class of 1955. He was still in contact with many friends from there and served on the reunion committee.
He attended Stanford University for one year before entering West Point Military Academy graduating in the Class of 1960. While in the Army he also attended UCLA and received a masters degree in Astrodynamics. It was a family trip to Clear Lake CA where Tom met Pamela Royer whom he later married. It was while they were stationed in Germany that their children were born. First twins Monica and Naomi, then later son Nigel. Tom continued to swim regularly in Clear Lake with his children and grandchildren.
Tom leaves behind his three children, four grandchildren, and one great grandson. Tom resigned his post in the Army during the Vietnam war to be closer to his children following his divorce from Pam. He began his career at West Valley College in 1969 as Planetarium director and instructor of Astronomy. He taught there for 29 years and made many life long friendships through his passion for the stars, telescopes and photography. He would lead many all night star parties on Fremont Peak to share these experiences with friends and students. Tom retired in 1998.
Tom got his first camera with one hundred ice cream wrappers and one dollar at the age of nine. His lifelong passion for photography never waned. His camera and he would go on to travel the world, visiting every continent and many many countries pursuing interesting, beautiful and exotic subject material to photograph. He hiked to the base camps of the highest peaks in the world, and trekked all over the UK seeking stone circles. Tom also served on the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz and the Corralitos Artist Collective. Tom shared what he was doing through exhibits and shows, he wrote his own textbook, and made an interactive DVD of Stone Circles. He also participated in Santa Cruz Open Studios art tour.
Always the optimist, Toms car wore personalized plates BE PLUS positive for over thirty years. He loved a lively discussion or debate on any variety of subjects including science, religion, philosophy or politics. He made friends wherever he traveled and continued to have contact with people all over the world. There will be a celebration of Tom's life including a slide show and potluck on August 28th 12:30 PM at the Barn in Roaring Camp in Felton. Anyone who knew Tom is invited to attend. Please bring food and drinks to share.
Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on August 14, 2011
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