Richard Daniel Bulhack, 73, a science teacher at North Bethesda Junior High School for nearly 30 years, died of esophageal
cancer Feb. 2, 2006 at Montgomery General Hospital. He lived in Rockville.
Mr. Bulhack taught at North Bethesda for his entire teaching career until his retirement in 1990. He was active in local and state
teachers organizations and served on the Montgomery County superintendent's committee on science. He was instrumental in
initiating the summer orientation program for middle-schoolers, and he worked hard to get 12-month employment contracts --
instead of nine-month contracts -- for teachers who wanted them.
In 1970, he and three other adults took 46 junior high students to Scotland on a foreign exchange trip. His wife, who was on the
trip, said the outbound plane was delayed for 24 hours in New York, so the airlines sent the group to Radio City Music Hall.
Mr. Bulhack, a New York City native, moved to Washington as a child and graduated from Anacostia High School. He worked as
a printer-compositor at Sisk Brothers in the District for two years and then joined the Navy in 1953, serving on the island of
Guam as a dental technician. While stationed there, he wrote an entertainment column for the Armed Forces Press Service
about music, radio, baseball and railroads, all his interests, which he somehow managed to connect with the Navy.
After he left the service in 1957, he received a bachelor's degree from D.C. Teachers College and a master's in counseling from
George Washington University in the 1960s.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Lynne Wehrle Bulhack of Rockville; four children, Thomas Bulhack of Deep Creek Lake,
Md., Heather Fields of Portland, Ore., Kirsten Kraljevic of Mobile, Ala., and Tamara Bulhack of Rockville; a sister, Patricia Bulhack
of Garrett Park; and three granddaughters.