David Jeffrey Gulliford

Former Durango resident David Jeffrey Gulliford died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at his home in Silt. He was 69.

Known as “Jeff,” he was born to Mildred Christine Jellis and David Oliver Gulliford on Jan. 18, 1944, at the Naval base at New River, N.C. He attended Shattuck Military School and graduated from St. Paul Academy in St. Paul, Minn. Mr. Gulliford attended Colorado College, where he enrolled in ROTC and won awards for the college’s rifle team. He also attended Hamline University and graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications. Mr. Gulliford went on to study law at the University of Colorado.

He managed a television station in Casper, Wyo., before returning to Chicago to make films for Radiant Educational Corp. He later worked for International Harvester, producing training films for farm machinery and equipment, which included subtitles in numerous foreign languages. In 1973, he moved to San Francisco.

Mr. Gulliford started a career with the First District, Division Two, Court of Appeals of the State of California, becoming deputy clerk II.

He married Hillary Hampson in San Francisco.

In 1982, the Gullifords moved to Den Haag in the Netherlands. Mr. Gulliford worked for the World Court as co-registrar of the U.S.-Iranian Claims Tribunal. While in Holland, the couple raised and showed registered keeshonds.

Mr. Gulliford retired from the World Court after 21 years of service to American diplomacy. He lived in Durango from 2003 through 2004.

Always interested in technology, as a teenager, Mr. Gulliford created his own hi-fi stereo system. He put Corvette engines into Studebaker Golden Hawk cars. When computers became smaller in the 1970s, he computerized court records for the state of California and went on to do so for the World Court. He used his computer skills as an international systems operator for Compuserve, connecting people around the world during natural disasters and political upheavals in the early days of the Internet.

Mr. Gulliford was preceded in death by his wife, Hillary Gulliford, while the couple was living in Den Haag.

He is survived by his brother, Andrew Gulliford, of Durango; and two nephews.

As he requested, cremation has occurred. His ashes will be scattered high atop a remote Colorado mountain pass during the height of wildflower season.