A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY

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OBITUARY

Roger Bulhof

August 26, 1958November 19, 2020

It is with profound sadness we say goodbye to our dear Roger Bulhof. Roger was well known for his exuberance, magnanimity, and broad-minded nature; truly a citizen of the world, Roger. was himself deeply immersed in the cultures of the Netherlands, Texas/USA, India, and China, from appreciating the foods and music of these varied lands to learning the history and language of each. For many years a season ticket holder and attendee of the Austin Symphony, Roger also frequently attended a variety of Indian classical and popular music events.

Coming from a family with a deep intellectual history of both parents having spent their lives in university academics, Roger moved at a young age to Austin (TX) and attended the University of Texas at Austin, with a lifelong loyalty for the Longhorns football team. In addition to college football, Roger was an avid baseball fan, following the LA Dodgers he had recently celebrated their 2020 World Series triumph.

Roger was and is well loved and respected at IBM where he spent most of his career. He was instrumental in building teams in Austin-USA, Bangalore-India, Europe (with representation from France, Italy, and Germany), Beijing-China. During his varied career at IBM a key accomplishment was his leadership role in hiring, developing, and ongoing mentoring of many engineers. He contributed an understanding of not just technical depth and breadth but also embraced the importance of communication and tact in handling complex difficult issues. He brought forward a comprehensive multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving enabled by his continual learning, always setting an example.

Roger's interest and love for his family co-tinted through this life, attending not just holiday events, but sports games, recitals, and making himself available for help with academics and even assisted with multiple projects like college applications. He was deeply loved by his brothers, sister and his partner and their families. He always made his nephews and nieces feel very special.

Roger's gregarious personality and joyful demeanor created a global community of significant friendships and he is and will be very very missed.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions be made to an Austin based non-profit Pragathi to support STEM education of underprivileged children in India

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Shelley Pate Goldstein

November 29, 2020

I knew Roger many, many years ago in the early 80's during my time working on the Krueger Senate Campaign. I got to see first-hand the exuberance for life that he had. I have such vivid memories of him saying "Off dial! Off dial!" while grinning from ear to ear as we broke the speed limit (by so much that our speed no longer showed up on the speed dial!) on an East Texas Krueger tour. Though I have not seen him in over 30 plus years, I still remember how much fun we had.

I am very sad to read of his passing. But I am very glad to hear that he led a joyous life.

MG Akmal

November 29, 2020

Dear Roger:

I was startled by the depth of my reaction when I received this news. Aside from the obvious human aspects:—your humor, your cordiality, and basic decency— if I were not retired, there would have been the practical aspect of my reaching for my reliable umbrella during every sudden thunderstorm and not being able to find it any longer. When I enter your room now, the paradox will be how such a large space can be so empty and yet so full at the same time....a debt like so many others that cannot be repaid...
MG

Michael Herrod

November 29, 2020

I remember Roger’s first day when he came to 3rd grade at Casis straight from the Netherlands. I was assigned to help him. He spoke no English, but only a few days later, as knew he was catching on when he said “What?”. I have always remembered Roger.

Ghislaine De Regge

November 29, 2020

My sincere sympathies to the family of Roger Bulhof on the loss of a wonderful person as described in the obituary.
When Roger and his brothers were teenagers in the 1970's I was an assistant of his father, Frans Bulhof, in the Dutch program at UT, and a good friend of his mother Ilse whom I also visited in Utrecht. Unfortunately, we have lost touch but I would like to express my condolences to them and share memories.

Jane ChiltonSoland

November 29, 2020

Dear Roger, with many IBM memories— we started as contractors and later staff, and then managers together. We enjoyed conversations about our families — you were devoted to them all. And your extensive travel stories were great to hear. Your smile and laugh will be missed.
With peace and love,
Jane.

Wilhelmina Bulhof

November 28, 2020

My first and unfortunately last memory of Roger stems from some where in the sixties meeting in Apeldoorn. I will remember him as very kind person. Wish his beloved all strength and love from the Netherlands. Really sorry for your great loss, way too soon.
Loving thoughts Wilhelmina Bulhof

Antonio Bozzini

November 28, 2020

I was shocked hearing of Roger's passing. We didn't get in touch
for years but I'll never forget him, it was a pleasure and a priviledge
working with him. I'll always remember his curiosity and interest
in other cultures, his sense of humor and the fun hearing one of his
stories, often ending with a contagious laughter.

Thanks Roger. You will be missed.

Lillian Li

November 28, 2020

Roger was an amazing person. It was enjoyable to hang out with him. He shared interesting stories and introduced American music and movies to me. He was humorous and often made me laugh even when I was having a hard time. Wherever he is, he will always be in my heart.

Vani Ramagiri

November 27, 2020

Dear Roger,

As this comes as such shocking and sad news to me and Sandeep, I recall the first time I met you for my interview to join Ztrans. Before meeting you, I was very nervous as it was my first job interview and I still had a few semesters left to graduate from my Masters. But when you came to meet me in the parking lot, you put me at ease with your very friendly, warm personality, as well as your generous efforts to make me feel welcome, and all my apprehensions were driven away. I was pleasantly surprised at the flexibility you offered to allow me to complete my Masters while working; That was my first taste of the work culture at IBM that has kept me here as a long timer. You were so involved in my orientation into my Support role that I was under the impression that you were my manager for the first couple of weeks :-) Though you were never my manager, we worked closely solving customer issues and along the way we became more of friends than colleagues.

You could always contribute to any intellectual topic or discussion with ease, but the conversations I enjoyed most were those involving debating about Bollywood stars. I have very fond memories with you, one of which is the time when you flew all the way from China to spend a few days with my family while I was in Japan for the reverse Itrans program. The trip to Toyota Factory in the bullet train was so much more fun for my kids because you were there with us. Rohan still remembers sharing a big meal at Sushi restaurant with you when his parents and little sister were too chicken to experiment with raw fish ( no pun intended).

Even though we could not meet much in the last few years, I look back to our time spent together and all I can remember is fun memories of friendship with you which I will cherish.

This is a big loss for all your loved ones and we offer our sincere condolences to them.

Fondly
Vani and Sandeep.

"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."
Dr. Seuss

Sandro Trucchia

November 27, 2020

I haven't heard from Roger for years but, from time to time, his name bounced back as an example of the ideal person to work with.
This sad news hit me and it say it all about Roger, a special person in a strange world. A person who helped me overcome language barriers and difficulties.
I still remember the first time I met him, I was anxious at the interview to temporary join the ztrans team, he made me feel immediately comfortable.
Thanks Roger. RIP

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