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Herbert Marvin Kulman

June 12, 1929 — May 28, 2024

San Diego

Herbert Marvin Kulman, aged 94, passed away peacefully on May 28, 2024, at his home in San Diego. He was born on June 12, 1929 in Sayre, Pennsylvania, to David and Mary [Kemmler] Kulman. He is preceded in death by his parents and his older brothers Armand [Alice] and Melvin [Dorothy], as well as his ex wife Joann [Gilbert]. He is survived by his children Jonee Kulman Brigham [Scott] and Michael Kulman, his grandchildren Sam and Joe Brigham, as well as extended family and dear friends. 


Herb loved music, gardening, and nature, so after serving in the Army, he decided to study forestry, and later forest entomology. He earned a B.S. in forestry at Penn State University, a Masters of Forestry at Duke University, and a PhD in Entomology at University of Minnesota. He worked in the US Forest Service, and held academic positions at West Virginia University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute. In 1966 he returned to  the University of Minnesota, to lead the forest entomology program, conducting research on forest defoliators, training 30 graduate students including 13 PhDs, and authored or co-authored over 80 journal articles before he retired in 1991. One of his popular articles described how to create habitat to attract butterflies. He shared his love of nature with his children and took them on nature hikes where he would point out details of bark, leaves, and insects, exclaiming, “Isn’t that wonderful!” Building on an interest in literature he gained in college, he joined the Minneapolis Writers Workshop and took up writing, including several published short stories, and drafts of two novels. After retiring to San Diego, he established a beloved circle of friends through choir, bridge, and garden clubs. His garden was legendary and made the local paper for his extensive collection of colorful succulents. Inside, his collection of original landscape paintings was also legendary, with his floor-to-ceiling salon-style display in every room - even the bathroom. He enjoyed giving garden and art tours to family and friends. After having grandchildren, he wrote down his Mooshy Mouse and Morris Mouse stories that he’d told Jonee and Michael growing up so that his grandchildren could enjoy them too. Herb believed that positive societal change was possible and in lieu of flowers, gifts to the ACLU are preferred in honor of Herb.


Herb was healthy, independent, and active for 94 years until spring 2024 when he declined, and passed away peacefully in home hospice. Outside in his garden, butterflies could be seen welcoming him into the oneness of the world where we will always hold him dear.


Celebrations of Life:
In San Diego, California, Tuesday, July 23, 2024, afternoon to early evening
In Roseville, Minnesota (In the Twin Cities), Friday, August 9, 2024, late afternoon to early evening
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