Richard Charles Wulliger, an attorney who was active in four local organizations, passed away December 11.
Born May 9, 1932, to Jack and Carrie Wulliger, he was a life-long resident of Pacific Palisades.
Wullinger was praised by fellow board members of the Palisades Historical Society:
Shirley Haggstrom: “Dick was our treasurer from July 2006 to present. His witty asides, attention to details, warm personality and willingness to work together made him an irreplaceable member of our Board.”
Susan Orenstein: “He was always so dedicated to the organizations he served – and reliable. You could always count on Dick to show up and do the job at hand.”
Eric Dugdale, president: “Richard’s interest in our community was sincere, deep and wide. He contributed his manifold skills, and personal time, unselfishly, to a long list of organizations. His steady hand and wry humor will be greatly missed.”
Barbara Kohn:“Dick also served conscientiously for years as treasurer of the Democratic Club, and was also a representative for years to the Community Council. He was a gracious host, along with his wife Marilyn, to organizational meetings. He encouraged others to get involved in community issues. A great loss to all.”
Donna Vaccarino: “Dick was a backbone of our community, serving so graciously in many organizations. We will miss his wisdom. It’s like losing a giant Sequoia in the forest. The roots run very deep.”
Wulliger graduated from University High School before attending UCLA, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his law degree from UCLA and was admitted to the state bar in 1957.
He spent his life working as a lawyer, administrative law judge/arbiter, and also served as a U.S. Army Judge Advocate General.
He married Marilyn Kudell, who worked as an AP English teacher at Beverly Hills High School. They first met 44 years ago.
Wulliger devoted his life to civic and community service. He was a member of the 1984 Olympics Equestrian Commission, a trustee of the California Historical Society, a member of the UCLA Alumni Association, a president of the Opera Association (at the Music Center, where he also served on the board), a Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commissioner, a member of the L.A. Police Department Board of Rights, a judge pro tem of the Los Angeles Superior Court and a Los Angeles Civil Service Commissioner.
In Pacific Palisades, Wulliger served on the Community Council as the Historical Society’s representative and was a board member of the Temescal Canyon Association and the Democratic Club. He contributed to the Village Green and the Friends of the Palisades Library.
“Dick was a good friend,” said Eric Dugdale. “He was someone who cared and was interested in all around him.”
Wulliger is survived by his wife Marilyn, cousin Jeff Ackerman and other cousins, nephews and nieces.
A memorial service will be announced. In lieu of flowers, a contribution is suggested in Wulliger’s name to the American Civil Liberties Union.