Salem Funeral Home
120 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC
Sunday, Aug 07, 2016
- 2:30 p.m.
Salem Funeral Home
120 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC
Sunday, Aug 07, 2016
Mar 06, 1948 - Aug 03, 2016
Dr. Kenneth Robert Kulp, M.D., 68, of Wilmington and Cary, NC, entered heaven on August 3, 2016. He was born on March 6, 1948, to Robert and Jane Kulp in Pottstown, PA. Dr. Kulp grew up in Winston-Salem, NC and graduated from R.J. Reynolds High School in 1966. He attended the College of William and Mary from 1966-1968. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Zoology at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1970, graduating as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He attended UNC-Chapel Hill Medical School, earning his medical doctorate in 1974. He completed one year of surgical residency training at Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania from 1974-1975, as well as three years of Dermatologic Residency Training at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences from 1976-1979. He opened Kulp Dermatology in 1979 in Winston-Salem, NC and later moved his Dermatology practice to Cary, NC.
He took an active role in the greater medical community as a member of the Wake County Medical Society. He represented this group as a four-time delegate to the NC State Medical Society. He was a member of the International Society for Dermatologic Surgery, American Medical Association, a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, as well as the Skin Cancer Foundation and was honored multiple times with the American Academy of Dermatology’s Continuing Medical Education Award. He retired from his medical practice in December 2015 and moved to Wilmington NC to be near his family and beloved grandson.
Dr. Kulp became interested in tennis at an early age. He was one of the top high school players at R.J. Reynolds High School, and received a tennis scholarship to the College of William and Mary. He shared his love of tennis with his family and most recently spent his weekends traveling around North Carolina to watch his ten-year-old grandson, Hayes Gilbert, play in tournaments around the state.
He is remembered as an esteemed dermatologist who got up every day excited to help his patients and who never stopped striving to learn more about how to be a better doctor. He loved tennis, the outdoors, dogs, fishing, telling crazy stories of his younger escapades with his three brothers, Bald Head Island, and spending time with his family.
Dr. Kulp was a doting father and grandfather. He is survived by his loving daughters, Wendy Kulp Gilbert (Jason) of Wilmington, NC; Lauren Elizabeth Kulp of Durham, NC; his grandson Dylan Hayes Gilbert of Wilmington, NC; his three brothers, Robert Kulp of Savannah, GA, Theodore Kulp of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Jim Kulp of Winston-Salem, NC; and his furry soulmate Harley Kulp (Australian Shepherd).
The family will receive friends on Sunday, August 7 from 1:45 until 2:30 PM at the Salem Funeral Home Chapel in Winston-Salem at 120 South Main Street, with the funeral service following at 2:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Forsyth County Humane Society, 61 Miller Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27104, 336-721-1303. Online condolences may be made to www.salemfh.com.
Beth Schulz-Butulis, DO
I am so deeply saddened to learn of Ken's death. He was a trusted colleague always willing to share his experiences in patient care with young doctors who were willing to learn from him. After he left his practice, I have assumed the care of many of his patients who loved their Dr. Kulp. This is a very sad day for me to know Ken is gone. He was an amazing dermatologist and skin cancer surgeon. I'll miss this kind spirited colleague of mine!
Lou & Diane Cullipher
We were patients of Dr. Kulp at his Cary practice. We were already missing him and now are very saddened to hear of his death. We will remember Dr. Kulp as a caring and excellent doctor. We made a memorial gift to the Forsyth County Humane Society in remembrance of Dr. Kulp.
Diane & Lou Cullipher
We very much enjoyed having Dr.Kulp as a member of the Young Men's Bible Class at First United Methodist in Cary. He was an inspiration and a great addition to our group. We will certainly miss him. May God Bless your family at this time.
My family was very sorry to learn of the passing of Dr. Kulp. He took care of all 6 of us for the last 12 or 13 years and "saved many a skin" for us. We always trusted his good eye and excellent advice, not to mention his super "embroidery" skills (one of his assistants told us he loved to do this!).
Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers for comfort in these hard days.
With much gratitude,
The Skiver Family
Bob, Ted, Jim, and Wendy and Lauren-- Diane and I were very sorry to hear of Ken's passing. I have many happy memories of Ken when we were growing up and the "southern" Kulps visited us in Pottstown. We enjoyed his sense of humor and his phenomenal tennis skills. Our deepest sympathy to the entire family--Rick Saylor
Jim and Harriet White
Dr. Kulp treated us for more than 25 years. He was the ultimate professional. We could always count on him knowing the best and latest procedures in his field of dermatology.
When I (Jim) needed very delicate and challenging skin cancer surgery on my nose, I did not hesitate to have Dr. Kulp perform that operation.
We often talked about our mutual interest in tennis.
Our sympathies go out to his daughters, grandchildren and his extended family. We will miss him greatly and thank the Lord for the years we were able to be his patients.
Jim and Harriet White, Raleigh
Rev..Dr. Byron A. Wade
I just happened to read the Raleigh News & Observer obituary section yesterday (Friday) and was saddened and shocked to read of Dr. Kulp's passing. I was a patient of his for many years at his office in Cary and a few years ago I made an appointment for my son to visit him. I will always remember his kind and patient demeanor and his knowledge of dermatology was superior. When I visited him for a skin rash, he even went so far as to reference a book on skin issues with African-Americans with pictures! We both looked at the book and he diagnosed exactly what was my condition and how it needed to be treated. In fact, I still follow his advice today. He was a man of faith, knowledge and integrity.
May God bless and give comfort and the peace which passes all understanding to his family now and in the days ahead.
Rev. Dr. Byron A. Wade
Pastor, Davie Street Presbyterian Church
I will remember Dr. Kulp as an excellent doctor who knew how to empathize with his patients. His help in maintaining my own health is sorely missed. Condolences to his family for a wonderful person we will all miss...
It is with great sadness that only today did I learn of Dr. Kulp's passing. It seems like only yesterday that he stopped by the pharmacy one last time before moving to Wilmington and gave me a hug before he left. He was such a sweet man and a great dermatologist. He will be greatly missed. I know it was months ago, but your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
I only now found out about Dr. Kulp's passing. I was a patient of his. He was a good man who cared about his patients and I enjoyed his directness and dry sense of humor. I was very saddened to hear about this. My condolences to the family and friends of such a good person.
My deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of my very favorite doctor, Dr Kulp. He was my favorite for many reasons. I appreciated his thoroughness, his kindness, and best of all his sense of humor. He always cracked me up with the things he would say. He was a doctor but a family man first. We talked about his grandson Hayes all the time and he would show me pictures and videos. He was so proud of him and his family. My oldest son is the same age as Hayes and when I would bring my boys in with me for appointments he enjoyed talking with them. I was completely shocked when I learned of his passing yesterday. Had I known it would be the last time I saw him at that last appointment, I would have given him a big hug and thanked him for all he has done to ensure the optimal care of me and my family. Most significantly I would have thanked him for saving my aunt’s life by diagnosing a melanoma that another medical professional had missed not once, not twice, but three times. He had a eye for spotting skin cancer. It was his special gift- among many. This is a huge loss for his patients. And an even bigger loss for his family. Thank you for sharing him with all of us. He will be dearly missed.