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Jonathan Duncan Bulkley A San Francisco resident for more than fifty years, and a prominent architect and founder of a real estate investment firm, died peacefully, after a year long illness on April 30, 2012, with his family at his side. Mr. Bulkley was born on August 5, 1930 in Port Chester, New York, and grew up on Dongle Ridge Farm in North Salem, New York. He was the fifth child of Henry Duncan Bulkley and Wynanda Koechlin Boardman. Mr. Bulkley attended Deerfield Academy, and before entering Yale University he served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1948 to 1950. He graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1957 where he studied architecture under Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who would become a lifetime intellectual guiding spirit. In 1960, Mr. Bulkley opened an architecture practice in San Francisco. For over thirty years, he specialized in designing commercial and residential buildings in the San Francisco Bay Area. One of his last large projects in the city was Divisadero Heights, a multi-unit building noted for its reinterpretation of Victorian design. In 1980 he founded Round Hill Pacific, a successful family owned residential real estate firm with multi-state holdings. Mr. Bulkley was a life long collector and amassed a large collection of 19th century letterheads, advertising trade cards, and stamps. In March of 2010, in recognition of his outstanding collecting accomplishments, The Ephemera Society of America awarded Mr. Bulkley its highest honor, the Maurice Rickards Medal. The Bulkley Collection of Commercial Stationery has recently been donated to the Huntington Library where it will be available to scholars as an important primary resource for the study of American business history and architecture. Mr. Bulkley used his educational background and work expertise to help the community where he lived. In 1970, he became a founding member of PAR, San Francisco's largest member neighborhood organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and architecture in the Richmond District and was a longtime member and supporter of SPUR. Following his interest in local politics, he made an unsuccessful bid for the S.F. Board of Supervisors in 1984. His family and friends fondly remember him for his keen intellect and sense of humor, sage advice, and for his love of children and pets. He was a Giants and 49ers fan. Mr. Bulkley is survived by his wife, Lisa Baker Bulkley, his children, Honor Bulkley, Adrienne Bulkley and Suzanne Esser, all of the San Francisco Bay Area; Peter Bulkley of Ontario, Canada, Peter Esser of Oahu, Hawaii, Derick Bulkley of Cebu, Philippines, and seven grandchildren. A private memorial to celebrate Mr. Bulkley's life is pending. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name to the Friends of S.F. Animal Care & Control, The Hermitage Cat Shelter in Tucson, AZ, or the Support Fund for the Bulkley Collection at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA, attn: K. Valentine.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from May 8 to May 12, 2012.
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May 28, 2012
I knew Jon as a classmate at IIT in the late Fifties. He was the first person to offer me a job after being discharged from the Army. He was always so positive and ready to take the lead. I think the word Gentleman sums it up.
Paul Shields
May 13, 2012
I worked for Jon in the early '70s. He was delightful to work for and even made typing specs less arduous. His kindness and humor were a pleasure to be around. My heart goes out to all of you. Anne Salsbury, San Francisco
Anne Salsbury
May 13, 2012
remembering what I know of Jon...
the deep and generous love held and woven over the years between him and Lisa. his open heart and absolute honor, care and respect for our furry companions... I will miss his gentle presence, his welcoming smile.
theresa murphy
May 11, 2012
Dear Bulkley family, my condolences to all of you. I've known Jonathan since the 1960s (having worked for several major SF architectural firms) and admired his work greatly. What a legend.
Donna Chaban
May 10, 2012
Deeply saddened to learn of Mr. Bulkley's passing. He was very supportive of my effort to save San Francisco's 1906 Earthquake Refugee Shacks in the 1980s. I will not forget his expertise and kindness. Sincere condolences to his family.
Jane Cryan, Founder/Director, Society for The Preservation & Appreciation of San Francisco's 1906 Earthquake Refugee Shacks, 1982-1999.
Jane Cryan
May 10, 2012
A nice man. I knew him in the 70s & 80s in SF politics and issues.
don solem
May 9, 2012
Jon was a remarkable, interesting, accomplished man. Part of that club of fascinating Bulkleys who were good people, who made a great difference in their worlds, (but didn't suffer fools lightly!). I was always a little in awe of him but he showed me only kindness and love. I will miss you, Uncle Jon.
Abby Bulkley Roberts, Massachusetts
May 9, 2012
Jon was a wonderful friend and mentor to me. He added so much kindness, inspiration and laughter to my life. I will always remember him and I always be grateful that I had a chance to know him. My prayers are with you, Lisa, and your whole family.
Allison Kenny
May 9, 2012
Toutes nos condoléances et pensées à toi ma Chère Adrienne ainsi que toute ta Famille.
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