Obituary - Tony Mullin
Obituary Anthony Paul Mullin (aka Tony), 58, of Anchorage, Alaska, passed away on December 4, 2017 after valiantly battling cancer for the past three years. A celebration of life was held to commemorate his life well lived. Another celebration will be held enjoying the beauty of Alaska in the summer with more family and friends.
Tony was born in Ft. Richardson, Alaska on September 30, 1959, the year Alaska became a state and where his father was stationed for Army service. He graduated from Westfield High School in NJ, and continued on to receive a B.S. Agricultural Engineering Degree from Rutgers University, a Master’s of Engineering from the University of Maine, and he completed his Ph.D. Engineering from the University of Alaska while battling cancer. Tony wrote a leading-edge Ph.D. thesis on changes in the permafrost which drew much attention and recognition from the international scientific community.
Tony was married to Laura Mullin (Nepshinsky) his wife and best friend for over 34 years. Together they inspired each other to climb the highest mountains, dive the deepest seas, and run the toughest runs, across the globe. Tony lived life to the fullest always with Laura at his side. Tony lived his life with a passion for the outdoors, a thirst for knowledge and a desire to make a difference in peoples’ lives. He worked as an Engineering professor at the University of Alaska in recent years, and as an Engineer for multiple manufacturing firms prior to moving back to Alaska 7 years ago.
Tony enjoyed reading, running, biking, motorcycle riding, kayaking and playing with his furry four legged family members. With Laura and Hope (dog) by his side, Tony experienced Alaska with passion. Tony is survived by his wife Laura, sister Christine Ann Mockli (Mullin), brother Daniel Edward Mullin and father William Edward Mullin; his in-laws Dale (Nepshinsky) and Phil Schifano and Rocky Nepshinsky; his mother-in-law and father-in-law Dorothy and John Nepshinsky; his nieces and nephew; and the rest of his family and friends. Tony is preceded in death by his mother, Jacqueline Ann Mullin.
The family has established The Anthony Mullin Engineering Scholarship at The University of Alaska Anchorage to honor and memorialize Tony’s passion for teaching. As Tony would want, the funds will be used to support the educational pursuits of others sharing a passion to make this world a better place. Contributions to the fund can be made by writing a check payable to the UA Foundation and writing “Anthony Mullin Engineering Scholarship” on the check memo line. Mail the check to UA Foundation, 1815 Bragaw Street, Suite 203, Anchorage, Alaska 99508 or online at http://greenandgold.uaa.
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