Bruce Culp, VL ’83

Bruce R. Culp MD, 58, passed away July 15, after a long battle with multiple myeloma.

Dr. Culp was born in Lancaster, PA to the late Charles and Mary Ann Culp. He lived in northeastern PA most of his life until moving south to the Charlotte area in 2009.

He graduated from Lehigh University with a B.S. in biochemistry in 1983 where he was also a member of the Kappa Alpha Society. He realized his life-long dream of being a family physician when he graduated from Temple University School of Medicine in 1986.

He finished his family medicine residency at Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown, PA. Bruce enjoyed taking care of his patients and served them for 32 years until he retired in 2018.

Bruce was always regarded by his peers and his patients. He always took the extra steps to make sure his patients were reassured and comfortable. His patients all trusted him with their care. There’s a phrase “the good doctor”, Bruce was indeed that and more.

He also always took time for his family Linda, Jen and Alyssa whom he adored. The world is a better place because of Bruce Culp and he will be missed by many.

Survivors are his loving wife Linda Kowalchik Culp; daughters Jennifer Culp of Philadelphia, PA and Alyssa Shaffer and husband Evan of Pittsburgh, PA.

He enjoyed his free time golfing and spending time with his loyal and loving dogs Crystal who crossed Rainbow Bridge in 2012 and his current golden retriever, Riley. He was a member of FUMC in Gastonia.

Memorials may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, P. O. Box 414238, Boston, MA 02241-4238 (

This obituary was taken in part from the M.L. Ford and Sons Funeral Home listing, published July 17, 2019.