John Lipscomb Ulmer MD

Tuesday 14th of June 1960 - Thursday 2nd of May 2019

John Lipscomb Ulmer MD


Memorial Service

Jun 29, 2019 (10:00 am )

Milward - Broadway

159 N. Broadway, Lexington, KY

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Clergy Rev. Jill Ruhl

John Lipscomb Ulmer, MD of Brookfield, passed away unexpectedly on May 2, 2019. He was the son of the late Dr. S. Sidney Ulmer and Margaret Lipscomb Ulmer. He is survived by his wife Laura, and beloved children John Lipscomb Ulmer, Jr. and Emily Ann Ulmer, as well as siblings Margaret Moye (Frank), William Ulmer (Jeanette), Susan Blake (David), and Mary Jones (Lewis), and many nieces and nephews.

John was born in East Lansing, Michigan but spent his younger years in Lexington, Kentucky. He graduated from Lafayette High School, The University of Kentucky, and with highest distinction from The University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He completed training in Diagnostic Radiology and Neuroradiology at Bowman Gray School of Medicine Wake Forest University.  Dr. Ulmer was Professor of Radiology and Chief of Neuroradiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He had numerous publications and awards, trained many health care providers, and thrived on collaboration with colleagues to help patients with neurologic diseases.

His greatest love of all was being a father to Jack and Emily, and he was a devoted husband, son, and brother. He was involved with club swimming and water polo, the 31st Bombardment Squadron Association/Fifth Bomb Group, and enjoyed woodworking and playing with his dog Sadie.

A Memorial service will be held at Milward Funeral Home (159 N. Broadway, Lexington, KY 40507) on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 10AM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the S. Sidney and Margaret L. Ulmer Endowed Scholarship Fund, Sturgill Building, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY  40506-0015.

Guest Book

Brent Hallahan


I just saw John's obituary. I am very sorry for your loss. I was an old friend of John when he was in medical school and doing research with Dr. Bertram Peretz in the Dept. of Physiology. I have many fond memories of the times we had working in the lab and the fun we had after work. I will miss him.

3 months ago

Erik Kilgore


I just learned of John's passing in the Wake Forest Alumni magazine. I'm so sorry for your loss. I was a resident in Radiology when John was a fellow. I always enjoyed my interactions with him. He was a great guy and an wonderful teacher. Erik

4 months ago

Michael Head


I offer my sincere condolences to John's family, and especially to his sister, Susan, with whom I work. I remember John fondly from college days. Michael

9 months ago