We are saddened to share news of the passing of Jerry May—teacher, coach, and truly invaluable member of the Bullis community during his 37 years at Bullis (1960-1997) and long after. Mr. May touched the lives of so many with his unwavering encouragement, support and guidance and will be deeply missed.
Jerry was profiled in the recently published book, Onward Faring: A History of Bullis School:
In the fall of 1961, May began teaching history and biology and coaching football, baseball, basketball and other sports. Once the school moved to Potomac, May became athletic director of the Lower (later Middle) School, then dean of discipline, Middle School principal and finally alumni director while his two sons attended Bullis. The annual Bullis alumni golf tournament is named for him. He was a self-proclaimed jack-of-all-trades. “I would stand by for anything except cooking,” he once said about his Bullis days.
“Jerry May was a talker, a storyteller, well read, with a great sense of humor,” history teacher Glenn Hunter, hired by Jerry May in 1981, remembered. “He was soft-spoken with a great Texas accent. He didn’t take himself too seriously and had a lot of empathy for the kids. Above all, he believed in second chances for students.”
Jerry was inducted into the Bullis Athletic Hall of Fame for his role coaching basketball, football and baseball and mentoring student-athletes for nearly forty years. He was also the first Bullis basketball coach to record over 100 wins in his career.
Our hearts and thoughts go out to his friends and family, including sons Brian ’92 and Kevin ’95.