Aspen, CO Colorado
James Bulkley, a longtime resident of Aspen, Colo. and former president of the Aspen Valley Hospital board of directors, died peacefully at his home in the Maroon Creek Valley on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. He was 84 years old.
Jim was born in Detroit, Mich., on Aug. 17, 1927 to Eleonore Adele Rohnert and Leavitt James Bulkley and later attended Millbrook School. He graduated from Princeton University in 1949 and earned a law degree in 1955 from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He served in the U.S. Navy toward the end of World War II and was seconded to the Pentagon as an intelligence officer. While living in Washington D.C., he met Katharine MacKenty Bryan (Kit) who he married in 1953 in her hometown of Princeton, N.J., with a wedding reception at the home of his bride’s mother’s dear friend Dr Muriel Gardiner Buttinger, the mother of longtime Aspenite Connie Harvey.
Having been told about Aspen by his childhood friend Peter Stroh, Jim and Kit were original guests of the new Boomerang Lodge in the early 1960s. The family moved to Aspen permanently in 1966, where Jim practiced law and enjoyed skiing and the outdoors. He was immensely proud of being admitted to the Colorado Bar, sworn in by Judge William Shaw at the Pitkin County Courthouse after having had his “good
character” attested to by Steve Shanzer, the father of Boomerang proprietor Charlie Paterson.
As the town grew, Edgar Stern, the developer of Starwood, recommended Jim as attorney for the Starwood Homeowners Association, a position he held for many years. Jim was also president of the Aspen Valley Hospital board of directors and on the board for 14 years. In the early ’70s, he, along with Rose Stanton, Wilton Jaffee Sr., Elli Bealmearand and others, was pivotal in the fundraising for and building of the new hospital on Castle Creek Road that opened in October 1977.
Jim had a lifelong love of sailing and spent summers with his family in northern Michigan on the lake in the Bulkley cottage. He was also passionate about gardening and building projects of all types, including constructing rock walls around his Aspen home. Known for wearing shorts and colorful knee socks in all seasons, Jim loved telling stories about old Aspen, the many characters he knew and adventures he had
in his life.
Jim is survived by his wife Kit; his son, James Bryan Flint (Jim) of Gloucester, Mass.; his daughter, Katharine Gilman Bulkley (Kate), and his son-in-law Ross Biddiscombe of London, England.
At Jim’s request, there will be no memorial service, but the family suggests gifts in Jim’s memory be sent to the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation; P.O. Box 1639; Aspen, Co. 81612.
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It’s that time of year — hikers and mountain bikers must be aware that seasonal closures are taking effect on multiple trails in the area today for the winter for the benefit of wildlife.