Fred John Pula, 95, of Hingham, formerly of South Natick, MA died peacefully on January 24, 2021.
Fred was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Marilyn Miller Pula, the love of his life. He was born and raised in South Hadley, MA, the son of Peter Paul and Rosalie Frances (Grzyb) Pula. He leaves one brother, Peter Pula of Norwalk, CA and many nieces and nephews that adored him. He is preceded by his siblings Stella Kuta, John Pula, Casmir Pula, Mary Ciechomski, Alice Mason, Eugene Pula and Rosalie Bednarz.
Mr. Pula attended public schools in South Hadley. Upon graduation, he was enrolled at Norwich University in the Army Specialized Training program. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, as a member of the first graduating class. He also received a MBA from UMASS-Amherst in the first class so graduated. He received his Master’s degree in Education from UMass- Amherst, and his Doctorate in Education from Boston University. His postdoctoral work was accomplished at Simons College and Boston College.
Dr. Pula held many positions with manufacturing companies in western Massachusetts. While Director of Education and Training at Technifax Corporation, he became interested in visual communication and its practical application in education and training. His work in this field continued as Audiovisual Director at Westfield State College and as Director of the Media Center at Boston College. He retired from Boston College as Associate Professor Emeritus.
Dr. Pula was the author of several books relating to visual communication and educational media as well as the use of television in education. He was active in state and national organizations related to his specialization, serving as President of the Massachusetts Audiovisual Association. He was an organizing member of the State Chapter of the National Society of Performance and Instruction (NSPI). He served on many accrediting teams for high schools and colleges. He was an active member of the Accrediting Commission for the National Association of Trade and Technical Schools.
A devoted Catholic, he was involved in pastoral work at Sacred Heart Church in
A lifelong learner, Fred enjoyed traveling to over 80 countries with Marilyn. He lived his final years at Linden Ponds in Hingham, participating in many activities. An avid sports fan, he loved the Red Sox, Patriots, and Boston College football.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to the visitation for Fred on Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 8:30-9:30am in the C. C. Shepherd Funeral Home located at 134 Pleasant St. (Columbian Sq.) Weymouth, MA. A Private mass will be live-streamed at 10am Thursday and can be viewed
by copy-and-pasting this link into your web browser https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00rgNtjsdXc. Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery in Worcester and will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Peter John and Rosalie Frances Pula Scholarship at UMASS-Amherst, Records and Gift Processing, Memorial Hall, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 134 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003 or via this link www.tinyurl.com/pulascholarship. Donations are also welcome to a charity of your choice.