Carl William Ulrich, 66, of Richmond, Virginia, passed away Saturday, December 4, 2010, at the Medical College of Virginia.
He was born September 30, 1944, in Mount Vernon, New York, to Carl A. and Alice B. Ulrich, and he attended schools in Bethesda and Annapolis, Maryland. His step-parents, Dorothy M. Ulrich and Charles W. Winter, each played an influential role in his early life. He attended Rice University in Houston, Texas, on an NROTC scholarship and served in Vietnam as an officer of the U.S. Marine Corps. He received a law degree from Georgetown University and proceeded to work in energy law for almost three decades. In addition to being a member of the D.C., Texas, and Virginia state bars, Carl was a member of the Public Utilities Section of the American Bar Association. He served as both chairman and vice-chairman of the Legal Ethics Committee of the Energy Bar Association. He also provided pro bono legal counsel to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to defend the health of his beloved Chesapeake Bay.
Carl entered Wesley Theological Seminary in 1999 to prepare for a second career as a Methodist minister. He was ordained an elder of the United Methodist Church in 2005. He served as minister of Accotink UMC in Fort Belvoir, Silverbrook UMC in Lorton, Central UMC in Mathews, and Belmont UMC in Richmond. He was very active in the conference and served on the boards of the Society of Wesleyan Studies and the Virginia United Methodist Foundation.
Carl is survived by his wife, Christine R. Ulrich of Richmond, VA; their two daughters, Susanna V. and Catherine L. Ulrich; a grandson, Cassius Corey; two sons-in-law, David Corey and Pawel Nazarewicz; and two stepsisters, Juliette Archie Cooper and Helga Reaves. He was preceded in death by his father, Carl A. Ulrich, and his mother, Alice B. Hamilton.
A memorial service will be held at 1pm on Saturday, December 11, at Belmont United Methodist Church, 3510 Broad Rock Blvd., Richmond, VA 23234. There will be a reception at the church directly after the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Belmont United Methodist Church or the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.