- The Washington Times - Monday, May 24, 2004

Valerie B. Gulick, 76, artist

Valerie Barroll Gulick, a local artist, died Wednesday at Arlington Hospital of complications from inclusion body myositis (an inflammatory muscle disease) and multiple myeloma. She was 76.

Born in Baltimore, she was the youngest in a family of five siblings. She attended Bryn Mawr School and graduated from Goucher College with a bachelor’s degree in art history. She worked in art education at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore.

She moved to the District in 1954 and joined the Voice of America, writing features for its overseas radio broadcast service.

In 1961, she married Lewis Gulick of Arlington and lived in Arlington until her death. In 1966, with the arrival of her first child, she resigned from Voice of America to devote her time to her family.

Mrs. Gulick was able to return her attention to the arts in the late 1980s after her children had grown. She particularly liked watercolors and painted almost exclusively in that medium.

Her work has been shown at the annual international Exhibition of the Miniature Paints, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington, D.C., the Art League of Alexandria and exhibitions sponsored by the Potomac Valley Watercolorists, a regional organization of professional painters, a group into which she was juried in 1998. Her paintings are in many private collections in the area.

Mrs. Gulick served as a docent at the Hillwood Museum. She also served a term on the Arlington Arts Commission.

She is survived by her husband, Lewis; a son, Peter Gulick of Arlington; a daughter, Spencer Baker of Chicago; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Arlington. Donations in her memory may be made to St. George’s Episcopal Church, 915 N. Oakland St., Arlington, VA 22203.

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