Robert P. Pula, 75, teacher, musician, artist

January 18, 2004

Robert P. Pula, a teacher, writer, artist and musician who was a leader in the Polish community, died of pneumonia Jan. 11 at Mercy Medical Center. The lifelong city resident was 75.

He was a graduate of Loyola College and began his teaching career as a counselor to college-bound soldiers at Forts Meade and Holabird. He later taught English and communication at city schools and community colleges.

An accomplished musician and composer, Mr. Pula wrote his first piano composition when he was 14. He performed locally, particularly at Polish cultural gatherings.

Mr. Pula was a member of the Polish Heritage Association of Maryland and editor of its journal. He was past president of the Polish Students Association, director of the Polonia Chorus and a member of the Polish Legion of American Veterans. Thanks to Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, he received a senatorial citation in recognition of his work supporting Poland's admission to NATO.

In 1955, he married Irene Jaroszewski, whom he had met through the Polish Students Association. She died in 2002.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Friday at Holy Rosary Church, where he was a member throughout his life.

Survivors include a son, Victor C. Pula of Baltimore; daughters Claire I. Pula and Eva D. Pula, both of Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., Edith N. Pula of Decatur, Ga., Jean P. Pula of Baltimore and Ramona C. Pula of New York; a brother, Thaddeus J. Pula of Baltimore; sisters Elizabeth Pula Anthony of Sykesville and Dorothy Pula Strohecker of Baltimore; and seven grandchildren.

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