Center honors retired teacher who was killed

November 18, 1997|By Melody Simmons | Melody Simmons,SUN STAFF

Although she taught 1950s-style cooking and home economics classes at Randallstown High School, Rosalie M. Bulkley was memorialized yesterday in a very modern way.

Bulkley, a retired Franklin High School teacher who was found killed in May after a robbery in her Randallstown home, will be remembered whenever someone logs on to a 21-inch computer screen dedicated by her family and sorority sisters at the Randallstown public library branch.

The Rosalie M. Bulkley Learning Center at the 30-year-old branch on Liberty Road will allow patrons to share recipes and gardening tips, Bulkley's favorite hobbies.

And donated software from Microsoft will allow users to sharpen such skills as resume writing and word processing at the Bulkley center, which will double as centerpiece of a nine-terminal, county-funded, $18,000 technology upgrade of the branch.

"We've all mourned so much. This is a highlight, a tribute. She would be so happy that this is here, so it's hard to be sad about it," said Harriett Bender, Bulkley's friend and a member of the Kappa Delta Phi service sorority, which raised more than $3,000 for the center.

Bulkley, 59, was strangled a week before she was to be honored at a Baltimore County restaurant for 26 years of teaching.

Police arrested 32-year-old Derrick J. Foskey in June and charged him with first-degree murder after detectives traced silver dollars they said were stolen from the Bulkley residence to money spent by Foskey. The trial, a possible death penalty case, is expected to be held in the spring.

Yesterday's dedication of the learning center drew a crowd of nearly 100, many of them friends and relatives.

"With this donation to the library, we can continue her contribution to the community and hopefully remember her in a way that will benefit the children she was trying to help," said Mary Hunter, Bulkley's daughter, who grew up using the Randallstown library.

K. Lynn Wheeler, assistant director of the county library system, said the branch will be improved by the center and by an elevator that will be added next year.

Pamela Brown, branch manager, said the library will undergo a face lift in the spring to include a preschool computer station for young children and free Internet service for patrons.

"This is the most significant contribution to the library since we opened in 1967. We've been a fabulous book-rich building, and now this allows us to step into the information age," Brown said.

Pub Date: 11/18/97

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