In Memory of



Obituary for Michael Kulla

Dr. Michael Kulla
Born February 20, 1929
Died September 26, 2022

Michael Kulla was born in NYC but lived most of his personal and professional life in Dutchess County beginning in 1967. Educated at Syracuse University and the New School for Social Research in New York City, he earned his doctorate in psychology in 1966 at the University of Oklahoma. His postdoctoral studies took place both in Connecticut and in Switzerland.

Mike’s professional career as a psychologist began in 1956 and continued for 63 years, fully retiring at age 90. Mike practiced in a variety of professional settings, including child guidance, public health and welfare, and in mental health clinics. In Poughkeepsie, he served as the Director of Education and Training at The Astor Home for Children. In 1969, he founded the Mid-Hudson Consultation Center where his practice focused on helping his patients achieve optimal mental health and a good quality of life. He was a facilitator at Man to Man, a prostate cancer support group. He served on Advisory Boards at The Community Mental Health Program at Dutchess Community College and for the New York State Division for Youth. Widely respected as a professor and a writer in his field, Dr. Kulla loved his work and was always an advocate for his patients.

His goal was always to be an active and productive member of society. He had strong political convictions which were displayed many times over the years in the Poughkeepsie Journal’s Letters to the Editor section. He enjoyed the game of bridge and was a prolific and talented watercolor painter. An avid tennis player from the age of seven, he was a competitive tournament tennis player and an active member of the Poughkeepsie Tennis Club for more than 45 years.

Mike lived a full, active and caring life and will be missed by many. He is survived by his loving wife, Susan Saluga, as well as his beloved children, Jamie Kulla of San Jose, California, Dr. David Kulla of NYC, Mia Kulla Ferrara of Freeport, Maine, her husband Jarrod and three grandchildren, Theo, Nina and Velia.

Visitation will be held on Friday, October 28, 2022, from 1230PM-2PM at the Wm. G. Miller & Son FH, Inc., 371 Hooker Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. A Memorial service will be held at 1PM in the Funeral Home. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wm. G. Miller & Son FH, Inc. If you wish to send an online condolence, please visit our website at

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