Dr. Thomas Albert Bull III, age 81, died peacefully at home Tuesday, March 5, 2013, after a four-year struggle with dementia and cancer. He was a resident of Duxbury from 1969 to 1989. Dr. Bull was born in Jacksonville, Fla., January 31, 1932. He was educated at the Bowles Academy in Jacksonville, Fla., Washington & Lee University and the University of Florida Medical School. He completed his residency at Harvard Medical School Psychiatric Services where he met his future wife Elinor with whom he was happily married for 48 years. Prior to entering medical school, Dr. Bull served as a Lieutenant JG aboard the USS Chara as the training officer of the U.S. Navys Underwater Demolition Teams, the forerunner of the U.S. Navy Seals. He was also a direct descendant of General Nathanial Greene, George Washingtons Second in Command in the American Revolution. Dr. Bull had a private practice in psychiatry in Brookline and Duxbury from 1969 to 1989 while simultaneously working as a faculty clinical instructor for Harvard Medical School, a forensic psychiatrist for Bridgewater State Mental Hospital and a staff psychiatrist for both MacLeans Hospital and Jordan Hospital in Plymouth. In 1990, he relocated to Plymouth, N.H., where he continued in private practice while also serving as a forensic psychiatrist for the New Hampshire Judicial system and as staff psychiatrist for Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth. In 1995, he testified before a joint session of the N.H. legislature outlining billing and privacy abuses by the health insurance industry which resulted in legislation which effected major changes in how private health insurers handled mental health claims. Dr. Bull then went on to be the Medical Director of the Substance Abuse Center in Sunapee, N.H., the Medical Director of the Calais Childrens project in Maine and the Medical Director of the ACTT team for the Nuese Health Center in New Bern, N.C., before retiring in 2008. In addition to being a psychiatrist, Dr. Bull was a gifted sculptor, painter and photographer. He excelled at swimming, sailing, skiing, tennis and cycling but had a deep loathing for golf. He is survived by his wife, Elinor B. (Borenstein) Bull, a masters nurse practitioner; his two sons, Jonathan F. Bull, Esq., a Superior Court Trial Attorney and former U.S. Marine, and his wife Kimberly of Turners Falls and Ian A. Bull, a professional photographer, of Quincy. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Alizabeth, Cheyenne and Thomas; and his great-granddaughter, Faith. He was the brother of Mary Jane Jinx Morris of Jacksonville, Fla. Relatives and friends are invited to attend memorial services at the First Parish Church, 842 Tremont St., Duxbury, Saturday, March 16, at 11 a.m. Reverend Robert Walsh will officiate. You are invited to visit www.thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Mar. 14, 2013