Mark Hutchins Tulloss, of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, died of cardiac arrest on October 27, 2020. Mark was born in Berkeley, California, October 5, 1969, and grew up for the most part in Princeton, New Jersey. He attended Buxton School (Williamstown, Massachusetts) for high school and graduated from Princeton University in 1991 with a degree in Near Eastern Studies. Mark obtained a Master’s Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from New York University and a law degree from Temple University’s Beasley School of law. He practiced law in Philadelphia where he was also very active in progressive politics. Mark and his family moved to Dubai in 2007.
Mark was a widely respected international business lawyer with a practice focused on advising businesses in the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. His career included work involving major infrastructure project finance, engineering, regulatory affairs, labor law, and technology. At the time of his death, he was employed as Senior Counsel at Kalbian Hagerty where he was a valued mentor to many on the staff.
He leaves behind his wife, Alison Tulloss, and children, Owen and Lily, of Washington, DC; his mother, Bonnie Schorske of Philadelphia and Lords Valley, Pennsylvania; his father, Rod Tulloss and stepmother, Mary Tulloss of Roosevelt, New Jersey; his brother, David and sister-in-law, Damia, and nephews , Elias and Levi Tulloss, of Lower Gwynedd Township, Pennsylvania, and friend, Lilliana Stefaniuk of Odessa, Ukraine. Mark’s sister, Sarah Elizabeth Tulloss, predeceased him.
Mark never went into anything half-way. Anyone having a conversation with him could learn a lot about politics, science, world culture and cuisine, the chemistry of cooking, men’s fashion, medieval Islamic banking practices, and many other subjects. Mark was fluent in Arabic and Farsi, and he was an accomplished weightlifter known in gyms on several continents.
Mark’s colleagues had a beautiful candle-lit gathering in his memory on a beach in Dubai across from the Burj Khalifa. A large memorial gathering of friends also took place at a restaurant in Odessa, Ukraine. A private family ceremony will be held when it is safe to have one. Mark’s family, friends, and colleagues miss him greatly.