Jack Ullman passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 13 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina surrounded by his loving wife and three children. He was 90 years old.
Jack was born in Chicago in 1925, the third of four sons of Lucile and Sam Ullman of Antigo, Wisconsin. During the Great Depression, he and his family relocated to Highland Park, Illinois, although as long as he was physically able, Jack would make an annual pilgrimage back to the family cabin in Hollister, Wisconsin.
After graduating from Highland Park High, Jack matriculated into Cornell University’s College of Engineering, though World War II interrupted his college experience. Jack joined the Army Air Corp and served as a B-29 Navigator in the Pacific. He flew on twenty-six missions, including “lifeguard” when Hiroshima was bombed. (In the event that the Japanese retaliated and downed some of his fellow flyers, his crew was to locate survivors.) His final mission was flying in formation over the battleship Missouri as the Japanese surrendered.
Jack returned to Cornell and completed his baccalaureate, earning a Bachelor of Science in Administrative Engineering. Upon graduation, he joined a small consulting firm, Kurt Salmon Associates, which grew to become the preeminent specialist firm serving the textile and apparel industries. He served as President of KSA for 10 of his 39 years at the firm.
While on a consulting assignment in 1951 in Greensboro, North Carolina, he was introduced through a family friend to a precocious young co-ed by the name of Evelyn Goldburg of Wilmington, North Carolina. They soon married and eventually settled in Atlanta, Georgia where they raised their three children: Susan, Nancy, and Mark. Evelyn remained the apple of his eye for the rest of his long life, and his children (and their spouses and children) were his pride and joy.
Jack and Evelyn retired to Galloway Ridge, in Pittsboro, North Carolina in 2005. Jack soon became a favorite of the community and staff due to his warm personality, quick wit, genuine interest in others, true humility, unquestioned integrity, and never-failing sense of humor. Jack would often be seen crawling around his beautiful gardens tending to the flowers he adored, or sitting in a chair with his peaceful countenance turned upward toward the sun.
“Papa Jack” will live on in the memories of his wife, children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, in-laws - and everyone else who knew and loved this remarkable man.
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