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Joseph J. Bulinkis of West Chester Joseph J. Bulinkis died in Reston, Va., on Jan. 1, 2013, after a short illness. He was born Sept. 30, 1924, in Philadelphia, and since 1997, lived in West Chester. Joseph served with the U.S. Army 20th Air Force in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After his honorable discharge, he graduated from the Philadelphia Museum School of Art in Industrial Design and worked in his field until his retirement as Senior Engineer in 1987. During his career, he was credited with designing the first shoulder-held commercial video camera, assessing space suit and space-vehicle-control interface ergonomics, and co-authoring papers and patents as a consultant for NASA. He also taught design in the evening division of the Philadelphia Museum School of Art. Joseph was a home workshop enthusiast, artist, and photographer creating children's toys, kaleidoscopes, clocks, as well as watercolor and oil paintings and stained glass pieces for family and friends. He was an avid private pilot and was proud to receive his seaplane pilot's rating at age 70. Joseph was preceded in death by his wives, Isabella (Pompei) and Mariana (Meneses). Survivors include his sister, two children, six stepchildren, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in West Chester. Interment will be at Valley Forge Memorial Gardens following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the or the .

Published in The Daily Local on Jan. 21, 2013
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