Maurice Loren Bullock, 97, of Gaithersburg, Maryland passed away on September 18, 2022.. A lifelong student of both the Bible and science, his devotion to his faith, wonder at the world and its workings, and dedication to friends and family will be his eternal legacy.
Born on October 17, 1924 in Medford, Massachusetts to Maurice Luke and Beulah Merle Bullock, Loren grew up in the Boston area with his older brother Merlen. He attended Mount Hermon School in Western Massachusetts where developed his love of science and theology, and met his first wife, Polly Kidder. He served in World War II as a Navy Communications Officer, then returned to college and graduate school under the GI Bill majoring in Physics, receiving degrees from DePauw University and Indiana University. He and Polly married in 1945 and raised their three children: Susan, David and Elizabeth. Loren taught Physics at Hamilton College and Boston University, before joining IBM in 1956. In 1970 the family moved to Washington DC for Loren’s position as a Consultant to Higher Education. After Loren’s retirement and Polly’s death (as well as a marriage to Clarice Smith, who also predeceased him) Loren rekindled a friendship with Jean Pagán, who had been a neighbor and realtor. Jean and Loren were married in 1995 and Loren gained two teenage stepchildren, Lydia and Mark.
Loren’s third act was marked by continued engagement, exploration and education, volunteering as a docent at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum for over two decades, holding numerous offices as an active congregant at Bethesda United Methodist Church, and marveling at the accomplishments of his six grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Jean Pagán-Bullock; son David (Nancy), daughter Elizabeth; stepchildren Lydia Stockton (Nick) and Mark Pagán (Caitlin); and grandchildren Alexander, Caitlin, Corinne, Courtney, Connor, and Eli. Loren was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Susan, wives Polly and Clarice, brother Merlen and countless other loved ones.
A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 11am at Bethesda United Methodist Church on 8300 Old Georgetown Road. Services will be followed by a reception at the church. Interment will be private.