Mark Hulsey Jr. (LLB 48)
Mark Hulsey Jr. (LLB 48), past president of The Florida Bar, respected lawyer, and United States Navy Captain, passed away peacefully at his home in Jacksonville on July 22 at the age of 88.
While at UF Law, Hulsey was elected president of Florida Blue Key and honored in the UF Hall of Fame. Hulsey remained dedicated to the university following his graduation. He was a member of the UF President’s Council , chairman of the Law Center Association in 1985 and president of the UF Foundation from 1992 to 1994.
In 1992, he earned the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Hulsey was known for his lasting dedication to The Florida Bar. After his one-year term as president ended in 1970, he served on the Judicial Qualifications Commission from 1972 to 1984 and assisted in the creation of The Florida Bar Foundation’s Interest on Trust Account Program, which provides funding for legal aid for impoverished Florida residents.
Prior to enrolling at UF Law, Hulsey enlisted in the United States Navy as a communications officer during World War II. On D-Day, he was on a ship that landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy. He returned to active duty with the United States Navy in 1951 during the Korean War and retired as captain in 1965.
After working as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Florida for nearly two years, he joined Smith, Hulsey and Busey in 1969. He remained at the fi rm as a senior partner until he retired in 2005.
For his commitment to Florida’s legal community, Hulsey was awarded The Florida Bar Foundation Medal of Honor and The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, June Thornton. He is survived by his four children, Judge Mark Hulsey III, Katherine Hulsey, Mary Ellen Brown, and John Hulsey.
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