Dr. Julian P. Tatum, JR.


Written by Dr. Julian P. Tatum, Jr. One in a collection by Allen Bachoroski, Local Historical Writer and author of “Tales Along the Highway of Legends”



Julian P. Tatum, Jr. (Bud) was born in a roaring mining camp in Starkville, Colorado on April 3, 1914.  He went to school in Berwind and graduated from Trinidad High School in 1931.  Bud was an honor graduate of Trinidad State Junior College and graduated at the top of his class at Colorado State College, majoring in History and Political Science.  He received his master’s degree from Colorado College and earned his doctorate in Educational Psychology and Administration from the University of Northern Colorado.  While in college, Bud belonged to the following honorary fraternities: Phi Theta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta Phi, and Phi Delta Kappa.

As a young man, Bud worked for the Colorado Supply Company and Safeway stores.  Later he was associated with the Trinidad and Colorado Springs Schools.  In 1951, Bud was Superintendent of the Myron Stratton Home.  This home was founded to help homeless children and needy elderly by Winefield Scott Stratton, a Cripple Creek millionaire.  Following his work with the Stratton Home, Bud served as Director of Guidance and worked with Student Support Services for over fifty Colorado Springs schools.

In 1954, Bud and Harriet Gordon were married at the first Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs.  Harriets parents were Rush  Alexander and Florence Gillum Gordon.

Harriet attended the College of Emporia and received her master’s degree in Home Economics from the University of Wisconsin.  Harriet was elected to two fraternities: Omicron Nu and Kappa Omicron Phi.  She was associated with schools in Kansas, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Colorado Springs.  She also served as a Home Service Director for the Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company and the Indianapolis Power and Light.

Bud has been active in many organizations and served as President of the Knife and Fork Club, the Consistory Club, the High Twelve Club, the Senior League, and the El Paso County Hospital Council.  He is listed in Who’s Who in Education, Who’s Who in Colorado, and, Who’s Who in the West.

Over the years, Bud has been interested in the Tejon Lodge No. 104, A.F. & A.M., Rocky Mountain Consistory, the York Rite bodies, Al Kaly Shrine, Rotary, the Winter Nite Club, the World Affairs Council, the Sun City, and the Colorado Springs Scots.  Bud has been an Elder-Trustee of the Trinidad and Colorado Springs Presbyterian Churches.  In 1956, he was the recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award from Trinidad State Junior College.  After Bud and Harriet’s retirement, they have enjoyed travelling in the U.S., Europe, the Caribbean, and the Holy Land.  Recently the Tatums have been spending theirs summers in Colorado Springs and their winters in Sun City, Arizona.

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