Judge Terry L. Bullock
Judge Terry L. Bullock, of Topeka,Kansas, and Palm Springs, California,passed away Friday, August2, 2019, at Homestead in Topeka.He was born September 29, 1939,in Herington, Kansas, the son ofOrville I. and Hazel J. Bullock. Heis survived by his daughter, SusanBullock of Topeka and his son, JohnT. Bullock, and grandchildren, CooperBorge Bullock and Kiefer CaldwellBullock, all of LawrenceJudge Bullock spent his childhoodin Wilsey, Morris County, Kansas,where he graduated valedictorianof Wilsey High School in 1957.In 1961, he graduated, cum laude,from Kansas State University wherehe sang with the K-State Singers,touring the Far East under the directionof William R. Fischer. While atK-State, Judge Bullock was a memberof Delta Upsilon Fraternity; laterbecoming a Member of the Boardand President of the InternationalFraternity. He was also elected toBlue Key, senior men’s honorary,and Phi Eta Sigma and Phi KappaPhi, scholastic honoraries.In 1964, Judge Bullock graduatedwith honors from the University ofKansas School of Law. During hislaw school days, he interned in theoffice of William Ferguson, AttorneyGeneral of Kansas, served as an Editorof the Kansas Law Review andwas elected to the Order of the Coif,the law school scholastic honorary.Upon graduation, Judge Bullockbegan the practice of law with theTopeka firm of Cosgrove, Webb andOman.In 1976, Judge Bullock was appointedDistrict Judge of Kansas,and was retained in that office bythe people of his district for over30 years. Judge Bullock served asChief Judge for five years and oftensat with the Kansas Court of Appealsand the Kansas Supreme Court byspecial appointment. As chief Judge,he was instrumental in creating thefirst in the nation paperless systemfor the electronic processing of greatnumbers of cases efficiently andquickly. In his judicial work, JudgeBullock is best known for his constitutionaldecisions concerning thefunding of the educational systemfor the State of Kansas.Judge Bullock taught Legal Ethicsat both the University of KansasSchool of Law and the WashburnUniversity School of Law. Histeaching activities spanned 38 yearsand his students numbered in excessof 10,000.Judge Bullock was honored by theTopeka and Kansas Bar Associationswith their highest lifetime achievementawards. He was also a memberof the American and Kansas BarAssociations and a lifetime memberof the Fellows of the Kansas andAmerican Bars. In the years followinghis active service on the bench,he continued to assist the bench andbar, serving as Mediator, Consultant,Special Master, Special Administratorand Expert Witness.Judge Bullock was a foundingmember of the Topeka Festival Singers,with whom he performed forover 25 years, touring Europe underthe direction of Dr. Kevin Kellim.He was also a member of the A.F.& A.M., Scottish Rite Bodies (32ndDegree), and the Episcopal Church.Judge Bullock deeply loved hisfamily, his friends, his profession,the Court, his music and his students.His fondest hope was thatthey all continue to grow, to prosperand to flourish.Judge Bullock’s funeral servicewill be August 16, Friday, at 2 p.m.in Grace Episcopal Cathedral, Topeka.Burial will be at 6:30 p.m. inWilsey Cemetery, Wilsey, Kansas.In lieu of flowers, please considera memorial donation to the KansasBar Foundation or to Delta Upsilonfoundation, sent in care of KevinBrennan Family Funeral Home,2801 SW Urish Road, Topeka KS66614.Condolences may be sent online towww.kevinbrennanfamily.com.