Obituary: William Demme Gulick, 89
William Demme Gulick "Bill", 89, of Sarasota, Florida and Scituate, Massachusetts passed away quietly, with family by his side, on December 19, 2014 in Sarasota, FL. He was born on December 10, 1925 in Long Branch, NJ.
He enlisted in the Navy during World War II at age 17. After entering Dartmouth College for an intensive flight training program, Bill was abruptly called to duty aboard the Navy ship LST-74 followed by ship APD-61 as a Radioman, responsible for handling classified message traffic. After the war, he went on to graduate from Muhlenberg College and subsequently completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. He was licensed by the USCG as a marine captain.
His career spanned five decades in the pharmaceutical industry with employment in the marketing departments of Warner-Chilcott Inc, Hoffman-La Roche Inc and served as vice president of marketing at Bristol Laboratories. Thereafter, he founded several pharmaceutical marketing firms.
Mr. Gulick's greatest source of pride was in watching over his family. He was an avid sportsman and especially enjoyed sailing and snow skiing with family and friends. He was active in the Episcopal Church as well as a compassionate volunteer for the homeless via the Resurrection House, Sarasota, Florida. He is survived by his wife Ruth, stepson Brian Hlidek and wife Beck of Hingham, Massachusetts, daughter Pamela Gulick-Grodman of Fairfield, two sons and their spouses; Jay and wife Maureen of Huntington, Bruce and wife Maria of Darien, their mother Jean T. Gulick of Wallingford and nine grandchildren.
A family graveside service will be planned for the spring.
Donations in memory may be sent to: Resurrection House, 507 Kumquat Court, Sarasota, FL 35326