Archive for Friday, September 15, 1995


September 15, 1995


A KU professor and scholar left a legacy of 11 books and contributions to the education of dozens of students.

Colleagues of the late William G. Bulgren, Kansas University professor of engineering management, recall an energetic classroom teacher who also had the skills and savvy to help design cutting-edge academic programs.

Mr. Bulgren, 58, died Wednesday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Lawrence Catholic Center.

Mr. Bulgren, who joined the KU faculty in 1968 and the engineering faculty two years ago, previously was a professor of computer science and mathematics. He served 10 years as chairman of the computer science department.

``He has contributed a great deal to the art of computer science through his books and papers and through his personal skills, energy and leadership,'' said Victor Wallace, KU professor of electrical engineering and computer science.

``He was an enthusiastic teacher, vigorous researcher and a good friend to many both in the university and the community,'' said Wallace, a 20-year colleague and friend of Bulgren.

Dave Kraft, director of the engineering management program at the KU Regents Center in Overland Park, said Bulgren had made a significant contribution since joining that program two years ago.

``He was instrumental in guiding us toward an emphasis in information technology,'' Kraft said.

``Bill was a dynamic, energetic person and very committed to the students in the program,'' he said. ``They liked him as a teacher.''

Mr. Bulgren received bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics and a doctorate in statistics, all from the University of Iowa. He was on the varsity fencing team at Iowa and also was a university letterman.

Before coming to KU, Bulgren was an assistant professor of statistics at the University of Missouri-Columbia from 1961 to 1965.

Mr. Bulgren was a visiting professor of computer science at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, in 1980; served as a consultant to the Soviet Academy of Science in 1989 and to the University of Costa Rica in 1986; and chaired a session in Beijing of the second International Conference on Computers and Applications in 1987.

Mr. Bulgren authored 11 books and many other publications, received research grants and contracts in excess of $1.4 million and advised recipients of 11 doctorate and 70 master's degrees. He was listed in American Men and Women in Science and Who's Who in America.

He was born Aug. 7, 1937, in Anamosa, Iowa, the son of Harley Lyle and Mary Loretta Fluckiger Bulgren.

He graduated from high school in Buck Creek, Iowa.

Mr. Bulgren was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Center. He was active in the Lawrence Cosmopolitan Club, serving as president of its breakfast and luncheon clubs and was Cosmopolitan of the year in 1993. He also was active in Boy Scout Troop 60, serving as assistant leader, and was a frequent golfer at the Lawrence Country Club.

He married Janis Kula on Sept. 10, 1960, in Anamosa. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include two daughters, Laura Stohr, Overland Park, and Melissa Bulgren, Roeland Park; a son, Christopher, Lawrence; and his mother, of Anamosa.

Friends may call at 7 p.m. today at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Memorials to a scholarship fund established in his name may be sent to the KU Endowment Association or the funeral home.

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