Former 'M' Swimmer, All American Ray McCullough Passes Away
May 3, 2012
Ray McCullough, a two-time University of Michigan swimming All American (1971 and 1973) and a strong supporter of the Letterwinners M Club, passed away suddenly at the age of 60 on Sunday, April 16th.
He had an outstanding swim career from a young age. He set multiple national records at the Junior Olympics; he was a four-time All American in high school before attending the University of Michigan.
At one point McCullough held the U-M varsity record in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 46.76 until Jose Arhana broke his record in 1973. In McCullough's senior season (1973), he posted a team season best in the 50-yard freestyle of 21.6 winning at Purdue. He also won the 50 in meets with Michigan State and Texas.
He had a strong Big Ten Championship in 1973 placing second in the 800-freestyle relay; second in the 400-medley relay; fourth in the 100-freestyle; fourth in the 400-freestyle relay; fifth in the 50-freestyle and 10th in the 100-butterfly. In his senior year, he also received the Fielding H. Yost Award - an honor given to the most outstanding student/athlete in their varsity sport at U-M.
McCullough went on to become one of the best attorney's in the state of California. He received the highest honor awarded to lawyers for his legal ability and ethical standards multiple times and just last month was elected into membership of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
His community involvement included serving as treasurer of the Banning Residence Museum, member of the board of trustees at the Natural History Museum and he was the chairman of the Dinosaur Ball. He also helped found the research board at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles.