Pullen Charles


Charles William Pullen, MD

11/9/1925 - 2/22/2013

Died at home in Tucson at age 87 surrounded by loving family. Born at University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI to Marie D. Krueger-Pullen and Dwight French Pullen. (Dwight was a math-science teacher and Principal, Flagstaff High School). Chuck graduated from Flagstaff High School, 1944. Arizona State College at Flagstaff (NAU) graduate, 1949. Married Adavern Waas, Dallas, Texas, 1950. M.D. degree Southwestern Medical School of Univ. of Texas, Dallas, 1952. Captain, Medical Officer, US Air Force: DMAFB, Tucson, AZ, 1954 1956. One of the Founding Fathers, University of Arizona Medical Center. Pediatrician, private practice, Tucson, Arizona, 1960 1980 (20 years). Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Ft. Huachuca, AZ, Chief of Pediatrics 1981 1985 (4 years). Pediatrician at Navajo-operated Sage Memorial Hospital, Ganado, AZ 1985 1994 (10 years). Volunteer preceptor for the College of Medicine, University of Arizona. Southern Arizona Hiking Club guide (20 years). Southern Arizona Search and Rescue Association (20 years). Lions Club, since 1958 (55 years) in Tucson, Sierra Vista and Ganado, AZ. Active in Boy Scouts Silver Beaver award, highest local honor in Scouting. Member of Catalina Methodist Church since 1954. Lifelong avocations: hiking, photography (Pix by Pullen), trains. Predeceased by parents, younger sister, Virginia Bell and grandson, Derek Petersen. Survived by wife, Adavern, and sister, Berta Richards; six children, Evelyn Marchese, Donna Petersen, Keith Pullen, Carol Pullen, Martha Pullen and Ruth Soklow; five grandchildren, Nicholas Marchese, Jamie Petersen Stavenger, Kami Pullen Ferguson, Weslin Pullen and Trissa Pullen; three great-grandchildren, Kendall Stavenger, Carter Stavenger and Eli Ferguson. Memorial Service 1:00 p.m., Monday, March 4, 2013 at Catalina United Methodist Church, 2700 E. Speedway, Tucson, AZ 85716. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Tucson Breakfast Lions Club for the Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation, to "TMC for Children" (Tucson Medical Center), or to the University of Arizona Foundation for the College of Medicine. Arrangements by UA WILLED BODY PROGRAM.