Stephen Simmons Hull, Jr
Father, teacher, mentor.
Stephen Simmons Hull, Jr. passed away Nov. 19, 2019, after an almost three-year fight against a rare small intestine cancer.
Steve was born in Jersey City, N.J., on July 9, 1953, to Stephen Simmons Hull, Sr. and Jean Holthausen Hull. Actually that was the official story - in reality he was born shortly after midnight on July 10, which was his parents' first anniversary. The doctor suggested making his birthday the day before so they would not have to share the date with Steve's birthday.
He grew up in Westboro, Mass.,with his younger brothers, Peter and Christopher. Steve's memories of his childhood included riding his pony Lambie all over town, raising a pet chicken, and digging a man trap in the backyard which actually caught the milkman.
Steve attended Worcester Academy for high school where he was a varsity swimmer, the University of Massachusetts, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, receiving a masters in Biomedical Engineering, and Michigan State University earning a PhD in Physiology. Steve loved research and worked at the Worcester Foundation where he studied prostaglandin effects in sheep, and MSU where his research interest turned to neurocardiology.
Steve met his wife, Kathryn Reilly, while taking classes at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and they were married on July 29, 1978. They had three children:Thomas, David and Kaitlyn.
After finishing his post-doctoral fellowship, Steve accepted a position at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in Oklahoma City for what was a planned short period of time to continue his neurocardiology work. In fact he lived in the OKC area for the rest of his life.
He was appointed an assistant professor at the OU Health Sciences Center after two years at OMRF and was recognized as a prolific researcher and a talented teacher.
In 1998 he and his friend, Tom Cameron decided to import a few alpacas from Bolivia. Shortly after that he decided to leave academia and raise alpacas full time, joining an industry that was in its infancy in the U.S.
Steve fell in love with the Suri alpaca breed and devoted his many talents to the promotion of the United States alpaca industry. From 1998 to the present. He served on the national Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association board in many capacities. He was deeply honored to receive the "Shining Star" awarded by the Alpaca Owners Association for his selfless work in the industry. He worked with the Alpaca Registry and was part of the merger of the two associations into the present day Alpaca Owners Association. He was always thinking 10 to 20 years ahead and leaves a reputation as a visionary in the U.S. alpaca industry. Famous for his national educational presentations, he always prefaced his highly entertaining and educational management seminars with: "Call me Dr. Dork ... Do as I say, not as I do." His insights into alpaca health and farm management benefited countless alpaca owners in Oklahoma and nationwide. His expertise will be greatly missed by the alpaca industry.
Steve leaves his wife, Kathy Reilly; son, Tom Hull, his wife, Natalie London and children Rosemary and Levon; his son, David and daughter Kaitlyn; his brother, Christopher and wife, Karina; and nieces and nephews and cousins and friends around the world.
Steve's family appreciates the love and care of so many people. The nurses and doctors at OU Edmond made him feel so secure. Steve loved the Stephenson Cancer Center at OU and told everyone he met that there was no reason to go anywhere else for cancer care. The Oklahoma Alpaca Organization members are wonderful friends. Charlie and Anna May Callahan, Pam Scheid, and Cindy Sharp gave Steve love and assistance.
Memorials can be sent to Stephenson Cancer Center, The Large Animal Department at Oklahoma State University, or your favorite charitable cause.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 325 E. First St., Edmond, OK 73034.
Published on November 22, 2019
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Bruce Beatty
Dec 03, 2019
Rainbow Of Remembrance Spray was purchased for the family of Stephen Simmons Hull, Jr by Bruce Beatty.  Send flowers
FLOYD TAYLOR
Dec 01, 2019
I first met Steve at Elmhurst School for the Gifted and
Talented in Oklahoma City, where our children attended with Steve and Kathy's kids. Our oldest child was 8 and is now 40, so I have known Steve for 32 years. Steve was the President of Emhurst, and I was the Vice President. In working together with Steve there, I developed a deep admiration for his amazing intelligence, his vast knowledge on literally any subject coupled with an ability to work with and relate to people with respect and tact. Above all, he was a good man, one who loved his wife and family and always put them first in his life. I will miss him greatly and especially our discussions of politics, another subj
...ect Steve was amazingly well informed upon. I have known many very intelligent people, but Steve was by far the most intelligent person I have ever known. He called me shortly after his terminal diagnosis, and we talked for a long time, and I knew then that Steve was not going go down without a fight, and what a fight he put up! His doctors told him he had just a few months to live, and he fought the good fight for 3 more years. He had always been an inspiration to me, but his gallant battle with Cancer was truly inspirational, and to Steve's credit, he defeated Cancer by dying from another cause. In a way, he won his fight. Steve inspired me in yet another way when he told me about his Morning Prayer Group that met with at St. Mary's for morning prayers and how comforting that experience was for him and how his faith was reinforced and how he was comforted by the assurance of Salvation. Father Mark played an important role in helping Steve deepen his faith and deal with his sickness and knowing that death was not an end, but a new beginning. Dr. Steve Hull made the world a better place and gave back far more than he received. He will be sorely missed by so many people. He was truly the most unique person I have ever known, and one of the very best in every conceivable way. Micki and I offer our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to Kathy and to Tom and to Tom's children and to David and Katie. He loved all of you so very much, and he was so proud of all of you.Read more
John Foulke Critterville Alpacas
Nov 27, 2019
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Debbie and Jim Conkle (DJ’s Classic Alpacas)
Nov 27, 2019
Steve was always so kind and helpful and we truly enjoyed learning from him. We are so sorry for the families loss as well as the industry’s loss. He was loved and will be missed. God Bless.
Scott and Cindy Johnston (Starry Night Alpacas of Pennsylvania)
Nov 27, 2019
Never met Dr Hull. We have heard about him and witnessed his speech accepting the 2018 Shining Star Award. Sorry for his passing. We must follow his advice....onward.
Mike Urquhart (HighTales Alpaca Farm, New Brunswick, Canada)
Nov 27, 2019
Sorry for your loss. I remember Steve's well appreciated comments on Yahoo alpaca groups, and the good guidance he provided. A true loss for the community.
Barbara Zachary
Nov 27, 2019
I am so grateful to have known Steve, and his passing leaves a huge gap in my heart and soul. I send my deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Prairie States Insurance Agency Inc., Patty Jackson & Staff
Nov 27, 2019
Basket of Memories was purchased for the family of Stephen Simmons Hull, Jr by Prairie States Insurance Agency Inc., Patty Jackson & Staff.  Send flowers
Kay Rodriguez
Nov 27, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Steve was such a wonderful guy and always so helpful when ever I called for help with my herd or pastures. He will be missed
Donna Faught
Nov 22, 2019
So sorry for the loss of Steve. My prayers for family and friends.
Kaitlyn Hull
Nov 22, 2019
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