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Jerome Ulman

May 13, 1938 ~ November 22, 2021 (age 83)


Jerome D. Ulman, 83, died November 22, 2021. Jerry was born in Chicago, May 13, 1938, to J. Robert and Ines L. Ulman. He spent four years in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. Jerry received his BA from University of South Florida, MA from University of Alabama, and his PhD from Southern Illinois University.

Dr. Ulman spent forty years as a Professor of Special Education at Ball State University developing the Applied Behavior Analysis program which is successful treatment for persons with Autism. He was also instrumental in establishing the Hoosier Association of Behavior Analysts. Jerry made significant contributions in the field of behavior analysis from coordination of the online graduate program in applied behavior analysis at Ball State to development of an experimental design. To behavior analysts, he leaves this advice: Don’t become overly concerned about making mistakes—instead, focus on what can be learned from them.


Jerry was active as a member and supporter of the Socialist Workers Party for four decades. He joined struggles to defend political prisoners, in defense of the Cuban Revolution and, as a member of the American Federation of Teachers, he worked to bring union solidarity to workers fighting to defend their rights and living standards. He had unshakeable confidence in the working class and the capacities of working people to transform the world in the interests of humanity.


Jerry enjoyed doing Civil War reenacting where he portrayed a Union soldier. He took pride in his authenticity and historical accuracy, which sometimes meant sleeping in the mud wrapped in a wool blanket. He also participated in World War II reenacting events with his son, where he portrayed a Soviet soldier.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jean, son James Ulman, daughter Amanda Ulman (Steve Warshell), grandsons Glenn and Grant Ulman, and dear friend and colleague Belinda Hughes.

Donations in his honor can be made to Behavior Associates Muncie Autism Center or the Socialist Workers Party.

A memorial reception will be held Saturday, November 27, at 2:00 PM, at 513 Wintergreen Drive, Yorktown, 47396. Contact 765.744.3598 for more information.


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