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Joachim Bullacher

06/03/1954 - 09/14/2022

Joachim Bullacher

06/03/1954 - 09/14/2022


Obituary For Joachim Bullacher

Joachim Bullacher of Warren, Rhode Island, died at home with his wife by his side on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. Joachim was born in Neumagen, Germany on June 3, 1954, to the late Karl and Gerda Bullacher. He was raised in a family of vineyard owners, wine merchants and wine makers in Neumagen, along the Moselle River. His schooling began in Neumagen and continued at the gymnasium in Trier, Germany. He pursued his graduate degree and teaching certification in mathematics and physics at the University of Heidelberg (1980) and in Mannheim (1981 - 1983), Germany. During his graduate years he read Marx, Engels and Mao, and sympathized with the left-wing student movement, protesting against gentrification and displacement of the residents of the old town in Heidelberg, and the construction of nuclear power plants. Throughout this time, he developed a deep interest in local and world politics. Before completing his degree in 1980, he traveled for six weeks with friends to the former Soviet Union visiting the Republics of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania. Their journey concluded in Moscow.

After living in Heidelberg for ten years, Joachim moved to the United States in 1983 and settled in Baltimore. He was a highly regarded Professor of Mathematics, Physics, and Engineering at Baltimore City Community College for 20 years, and then on the mathematics faculty at Elgin Community College in Illinois and Quinebaug Valley Community College in Connecticut where he served as chair and vice-chair of an academic policy committee and was engaged in state-wide mathematical issues. Joachim will be remembered for being the quintessential teacher, equally at home teaching students who had difficulty with math as he was engaging with true mathematical minds. He was proud of having taught at the Florence Crittenton School for Unwed Mothers, and the Baltimore Experimental High School before starting his community college career. Upon his retirement, he taught as an adjunct for a brief time at Roger Williams University. Joachim was well-read in both fiction and non-fiction and loved being absorbed in solving challenging mathematical problems which he often had published in mathematical journals. He was also a devotee of German soccer.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 27 years, Gena Glickman of Warren, his sisters, Margot Bullacher (Timm Koppelmann), and Gisela Bullacher (Harald Richter). He is survived by nieces Lea Knoll (Sebastian Knoll), Laura Kopplemann (Eric Juhl), and nephew Johann Koppelmann (Rosa). He is also survived by grand nieces and nephews Nila, Nino, Elia, Liam, Max Emma, all of Germany.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 29th from 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm at WJ Smith Funeral Home, 8 Schoolhouse Road, Warren, Rhode Island. A reception will follow at the Archive Book and Snackery, 4 Market Street, Warren, RI 02885. Those wishing to make contributions in memory of Joachim and his cherished late golden retriever, Harper, may do so at Adopt A Golden Knoxville, P.O. Box 11822, Knoxville, TN 37939 (

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  • My deepest condolences! I remember Joachim as a person with so much wit and energy. I am glad to have met and known him even though it was for such a short time. RIP Joachim.

  • I was a student of Mr. Bullacher at BCCC. I never had a love for math but he show me how math applied to everything we do and he made it enjoyable. My deepest condolences to the family. I am honored to have met him.

  • Gena, my heartfelt condolences. Joachim was a great colleague. I always enjoyed seeing him and talking. He was a kind and wonderful person.

  • Gena, We are all so very sorry for your loss. Our prayers and hope for peace be with you during these difficult times. May the beautiful memories of Joachim always be in your heart!

  • Dear Gena, I was so sorry to hear of your recent loss. I did not know Joachim, but his passing is obviously a loss to so many. The world can never have too many thoughtful, caring educators. Please accept my deepest condolences. Wishing you peace and the true knowledge that our bodies die but love never does. Lois Coleman (MCC, Retired).

  • Gena, Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. Praying for you and your family. Sandra Jenkins MCC

  • With deepest sympathy on your loss. May the shared memories of family and friends sustain you at this time. Rosemarie Papa MCC

  • Gena, My heart goes out to you. My deepest condolences. Slandie Dieujuste

  • So sorry for your loss Gena. You have my deepest sympathy. Ann Sullivan

  • So sorry for your loss. May all your memories be a comfort during this difficult time -Carrie Cummings - MCC

  • So sorry to hear of your loss, Gena.

  • Gena: Please accept my most sincere sympathy on the loss of your husband. You are in my prayers. Bob Henderson, MCC (retired)

  • Gina, my words will not reduce the loss you are feeling. You have my very deepest sympathies. I will be keeping you and your family in my heart. Sincerely, Kerry McNiven

  • Dear Gina and Family, Fletcher and I remember so well the first lunch we shared with you and Joachim when we visited Elgin to find a place to live. His dry humor and your gracious attention were a wonderful combination. May your memories of this fine man sustain you. Our care and comfort to you... Carol and Fletcher

  • I'm so sorry for your loss, Gena. Working with Joachim at Fountain Square, I saw how dedicated he was to the students and their learning. One of my fondest memories of the Learning Center is of Joachim helping us put together a bookcase that was to be our ESL library. May he rest in peace.

  • Gina: Our sincere condolences to you and your family. We pray that you will find peace with time and remembrance. Alfred & Lauren Carter

  • Gena - I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. I certainly know how difficult it is to lose the love of your life. I still miss my husband, Frank! Please take care of yourself and stay well. Dot Kaminski

  • Dear Gena - I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending my deepest condolences to you and your family. - Gloria Dimoplon

  • My deepest sympathies to all the family. Joachim was a beautiful soul. He made a difference in the lives of so many. Rest in peace, my dear friend. Annabelle

  • Gena, I am so sorry to read this sad news. You and Joachim had a special relationship and wonderful marriage. Thinking of you with deepest condolences, Susan Van Weelden

  • Gena: I am sorry for your loss. May Joachim's name be a blessing, and may his memory be a comfort. - Joe Rosenfeld

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Sending my deepest condolences and prayers to you and your family at this time. May he rest in eternal peace. Wanda Haynes MCC

  • Kindest sympathy and deepest condolences

  • RIP professor. Peace and warm thoughts to his loved ones. CH former student

  • I am truly sorry for your loss. May you find peace in his memory and your 27 years together.

  • I'm so sorry to hear of your loss and am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Lisa Sandoval MCC

  • May your beloved husband Rest in Peace. Sending prayers and condolences to you and your extended family. ~ Julie Greene (MCC)

  • Wonderful and warm person! Rest in peace! Guocun Yang

  • My deepest condolences to you and your family. Nicole Simmons MCC

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