Richard L. Hulce, 81, electrical engineer, veteran

December 17, 2003

Richard L. Hulce, a retired Bendix Corp. electrical engineer and World War II veteran who assisted in the Apollo space program, died of dementia Wednesday at ManorCare Ruxton. The Loch Raven Village resident was 81.

Mr. Hulce was born and raised in Marion, Ind. He enlisted in the Army Air Forces during World War II and served in the Pacific as a meteorologist, attaining the rank of lieutenant.

He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University in 1948, and moved to Baltimore in 1954 when he went to work at the Bendix plant on East Joppa Road in Towson. He later was assigned to the company's plant in Columbia, where he retired in 1988.

From 1970 to 1975, he was chief engineer for Bendix at the National Aeronautical and Space Administration's station in Madagascar, working on the Apollo program.

He was a member of the American Legion.

A ham radio operator for many years, he was a member of the Baltimore Radio League. He also was a member of Babcock Presbyterian Church.

Services were held Monday.

Mr. Hulce is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Jean Wilson; three sons, Richard L. Hulce III of Owings Mills, Martin Hulce of Omaha and David Hulce of State College, Pa.; a daughter, Ferol J. Frazee of Baltimore; a brother, Raymond Hulce of Indianapolis; a sister, Betty Boswell of Marion; a grandson; and a great-granddaughter.

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