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Mildred Bernice Bulpitt

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Mildred Bernice Bulpitt Obituary
Bulpitt, Mildred Bernice
April 3, 1926 - Aug. 21, 2015, Mildred Bernice Bulpitt, Ed.D., 89, of Phoenix, Ariz., was born in Greenwich, Conn., the daughter of Tom John Bulpitt and Mildred Bernice Bulpitt. Dr. Bulpitt had a lifetime love of education. As a young teenager, she was gifted with a large number of books from the Mallory estate in Greenwich, where her father was superintendent. The gift ignited her love of education, literature and the arts, which remained important to her the rest of her life. She received her bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Connecticut; her master's in English literature from Washington State University and her doctorate in educational administration from Arizona State University. Her career at Phoenix College where she served dean of the Evening College, and then with the Maricopa County Community College District enabled her to help women advance to top levels in community college leadership. She was committed to helping others realize their greatest potential. At the 75th anniversary in 1995 of Phoenix College, the auditorium was rededicated in Dr. Bulpitt's name. Dr. Bulpitt was mentor to numerous people, a pioneer for women's rights, and a true leader. She helped found the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC), who named her "Woman of the Decade" in 1988. The group's highest honor is named after her. She also was instrumental in the formation of Arizona Women in Education and Employment (AWEE), which awarded her with the Jeanne L. Herberger Award in 2013. She also was a founder of the National Institute for Leadership Development. In 2006 she received the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Leadership award. She loved traveling and saw much of the world with her late partner of 40 years, Jane Merritt. The two spent summers at various colleges around the country enjoying climates away from the Phoenix heat and making friends around the U.S. They both loved to read, the theater and opera. Dr. Bulpitt is survived by her brother Thomas Bulpitt and his wife, Soungae; her niece Jean Cassetta; and nephew Ken Bulpitt, all of Los Angeles, Calif.; and numerous friends and colleagues. There will be no services. The family suggests contributions be made to Maricopa Community College Foundation #4822, Arizona Women in Education and Employment (AWEE) or American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC). Arrangements entrusted to A.L. Moore Grimshaw Mortuary, 710 W. Bethany Home Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013. To offer condolences, visit
Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 30, 2015
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