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Raymond Joseph Kukulski
Service: Interment will be at a private service

Raymond Joseph Kukulski, a long-time Georgetown resident, died unexpectedly on January 10, 2019 at Georgetown University Hospital at age 77.  He suffered a ruptured cerebral aneurysm.

Mr. Kukulski was born in Chicago, the son of Henry Kukulski and Josephine (Bies) Kukulski.  He is survived by his sister, Mary Ann (Kukulski) Stinn; his niece, Lori (Stephen) Doerner and nephews David (Joanne) Stinn, Larry, Daniel, and Michael Stinn; great uncle to Elizabeth (Alec) Zurek and Nicholas (Shannah) Doerner, and Jacob Stinn; great-great uncle of Benjamin and Lillian Doerner and of Felicity and Asher Zurek.

After graduating from St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minnesota, Mr. Kukulski served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War, including a tour as a gunnery officer on a destroyer, the USS John R. Craig, patrolling the South China Sea.  He was subsequently posted to the Defense Nuclear Agency in Washington.

In civilian life, Mr. Kukulski first worked for Informatics, a company that developed software for managing complex legal cases.  He subsequently worked in the Anti-Trust Division of the U. S. Department of Justice working on the Bell Telephone cases and later led the litigation support effort for several large pension cases being prosecuted by the Officer of the Solicitor in the Department of Labor.  Under his decade of leadership at the Labor Department, technological support was expanded from document intensive cases to all data analysis and evidence management for all of the Department’s enforcement and program areas that required them.

Mr. Kukulski was very active in Georgetown civic affairs.  He was a member of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E and its chairman.  He served as President of the Citizens Association of Georgetown for a three year term, during 2001-2004.

An avid and capable sailor, he crewed for close friends on Starbound, their wooden cruising ketch, joining them as they twice circumnavigated the globe.  He visited the Leeward Islands, the Galapagos, the Marquesas, French Polynesia, the Indian Ocean, and South Africa among many other ports and countries.  More recently, he traveled to Poland, Ireland, Bulgaria, France, England and Italy.  A keen interest in military history drew him to battlefields, shipyards, and reenactments.

He was never happier than when restoring his home and working in his woodworking shop, an underground room often referred to as the “Bunker”.  Among his numerous, varied interests were historic preservation, protection and restoration of Chesapeake Bay and its tributary waters, and cultural offerings presented at the Kennedy Center, Tudor Place, and Dumbarton House.      

Always willing to lend a hand or a tool to friends with projects to do, Mr. Kukulski was well known for his generous and cheerful nature.  His outstanding hospitality regularly brought together a myriad of close and longtime friends who will cherish his memory.

Interment will be a private service. 

In memory of Ray, donations may be sent to Tudor Place Historic House and Garden. To make a donation contact Janet Wall, Director of Development and Communications: Phone: 202-580-7323 or jwall@tudorplace.org

A celebration of Ray’s life will take place in the future.

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