Jim Mulick, Class of 1961, passed away this past December. Jim practiced in the San Fernando Valley in California, and was heavily involved with the treatment of cleft and craniofacial patients. He shared this expertise with the orthodontic residents at UCLA for decades. Jim was devoted to his family, his community, and his faith, and he will be dearly missed. Please join me in extending our condolences to his family.
Chair – Department of Orthodontics
UW School of Dentistry
Dr. JAMES FISK MULICK
September 20, 1928 – December 23, 2018
James (Jim) Fisk Mulick, D.D.S., M.S, went to be with the Lord on December 23, 2018. Jim was preceded in death by the love of his life, Joyce MacQueen Mulick. At the time of his death, Jim was surrounded by the love of his family.
Jim was born in Long Beach, California to Robert Mulick Sr. and Dallas Mulick on September 20, 1928. Like so many young men of his generation, Jim joined the United States Navy after High School. He served on the SS/AGSS-395 Redfish submarine as an ET3. Jim then went on to obtain his undergraduate degree at what would become the University of California, Santa Barbara. He met Joyce MacQueen, and they married after Jim graduated from college.
Jim and Joyce moved to the Bay Area where Jim attended the University of the Pacific, graduating with a degree in Dentistry (D.D.S.) They then returned to Southern California, and Jim started a general dentistry practice in Woodland Hills.
Orthodontics was a calling for Jim, he was accepted for the Orthodontic program at the University of Washington, and moved his wife and 3 young children to Seattle Washington.
While in the Orthodontic program at the University of Washington, Jim developed a passion for being a part of the care of children and adults with a Cleft Lip and/or Palate. Jim would carry that passion forward to his career as an Orthodontist. Upon the completion of his orthodontic program, Jim and Joyce moved their young family to the San Fernando Valley in California.
Jim’s professional life flourished, in addition to his busy Orthodontic practice, Jim pursued multiple avenues to provide care for individuals with a craniofacial difference. He joined the Cleft Palate Center at Saint John’s Hospital (Santa Monica) and later, the UCLA Craniofacial Team. Additionally, he consulted for Cleft Palate Teams at; Kaiser Permanente, Rancho Los Amigos, and White Memorial. Jim held an academic appointment at the UCLA School of Dentistry, Orthodontic program, teaching Orthodontic residents about the care of individuals with a Craniofacial difference. Jim also held a variety of positions in local, state and national Orthodontic and Dental organizations.
In addition to his professional life, Jim gave back to his local community. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America. As an Eagle Scout, he realized the importance of this organization for the development of character in young men. Jim became a mentor for his sons who both achieved the status of Eagle Scout, as well as a mentor for two of his grandsons who also achieved the status of Eagle Scout. He led a local Boy Scout Troop and continued as a merit badge counselor for many years.
Sunday mornings, Jim could be found at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Westlake Village, California where he was a part of the Usher Team. He and Joyce also led a Bible study that celebrated its 50th year of continuous meeting in 2018. They were active participants in the “shelter” program which provided a place for homeless individuals to spend the night during the winter.
Jim was a huge UCLA fan with season tickets to football and basketball games. Saturdays during the Fall were spent either at football games or listening/watching these games. And Pauley Pavilion was a second home during basketball season.
Jim is survived by his children, their spouses and their families; Ronald, Lorraine, Marcus, Joseph and Erik and great-grandson Duke Mulick, Dave, Sharon Gabriel, Hannah and Caleb Mulick and Dianne, Patricio and Parker Altuna.
Jim was larger than life. In death, he will be remembered for his love of his family, love of his church, and love of his community.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Jim’s honor to either:
LEAP Global Missions
The Cleft Palate Center at Saint John’s Hospital and Health Center (designation Cleft Palate Center)