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Born in Madison, Wisconsin, to William Emerson Bull and Helen Beatrice Sather Bull on December 15, 1941, Kay Sather Bull spent most of his childhood in Madison, WI. Kay passed away on July 16, 2016.
Kay and Betty Jean Williams were married February 2, 1960. The three children of the marriage, Debra Drews, Detra Drews, and James V. Bull, continue to reside in the Madison, Wisconsin, area with his grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
In 1960, Kay entered the U. S. Navy. As a Boiler Technician, he was assigned to the USS Haleakala (AE-25) until 1966 when he was assigned to Langanes Air Station (H-2), a NATO base in Iceland. In 1968, Kay was transferred to the aircraft carrier, USS America (CV-66). The remainder of his more than 23 years of service were mostly spent as an instructor at Great Lakes Naval Training Station and in the Naval Reserves in Madison, Wisconsin, and Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer.
Transitioning from the boiler room to the university classroom, Kay received two degrees from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL: a B. S. in Business Administration, accounting, in 1971 and a M.B.A. in finance 1972. In 1978, after receiving a Ph. D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, WI, Kay came to the Applied Behavioral Studies in Education Department of the College of Education at Oklahoma State University.
Kay was very active in local, state and national organizations addressing the needs in educational programs for gifted students. At OSU, Kay was very active in programs addressing faculty development, retention and governance, teacher training, on-line course delivery, and the evaluation of state and university programs. He was on many university committees, elected Chair of the General Faculty Council in 1993, published numerous scholarly papers and book chapters, and presented over 150 professional papers at local, state, national and international conferences. His teaching career encompassed teaching in regular classrooms, on site through Education Extension, correspondence courses, workshops, seminars, and on-line courses.
Kay was married to Sarah L. Kimball on October 2, 1987 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where they resided until his death. Kay is survived by his wife, Sarah, the children listed above, as well as his step children; Geoffrey Garvoille of San Leandro, CA; Meg C. Schatz Busteed, her husband, Philip, and their children, Jace and Cael, of Yukon, OK; and Luke Kimball Schatz of Ft. Collins, CO.
The family would like to express its heartfelt gratitude to Dr. H. Adams, nurse Ellyn Mason, and all the nurses and support staff of caregivers, activity coordinators, physical therapists and others who cared for Kay at the Oklahoma Veteran Center in Norman, Oklahoma as well as Maddison Mayer with whom Kay enjoyed singing.
On August 25 at 5:30 pm, a Memorial Reception will be held in the Anderson Family Living Room of Willard Hall, located north of Theta Pond on Monroe Street at the College of Education at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK. In place of flowers, contributions may be submitted in Kay's memory to the OSU Foundation for the Educational Psychology Excellence in Research Award (#25-89050).
Published on August 15, 2016
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