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William James Cullen

Aspen Times Staff Report

Longtime Snowmass Village resident Bill Cullen died in Arizona on Jan. 22. He was 87 years old.

Cullen lived in Snowmass Village for 25 years. He and his wife, Dottie, moved to the area from Rhinelander, Wis.

Cullen was born in Chicago, Ill., and was a football player at Lindblom High School. After college, he coached the Nathan Hale team at West Allis, leading it to the Wisconsin High School Football Championship in 1955.

During World War II he served as ground officer in the Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946, spending most of that time in active duty in the South Pacific.

Cullen and his wife graduated from Carroll College in Waukesha, Wis., where they met as students. For many years they operated Camp Mohawk, a boy’s camp in Rhinelander. Because they were both teachers, the summer camp dovetailed with their academic careers.

Bill was later appointed to an American school in Lebanon. The couple spent two years there, visiting much of the Middle East and Europe during the off-seasons.

The Cullens moved to Snowmass Village and lived at the Ziegler residence on Snowmass Creek, until they moved to Green Valley, Ariz., in 1996. Cullen was an avid skier and backpacker, and the couple skied almost daily during the winters. They also spent plenty of time camping and fishing at the high lakes in the Elk Mountains.

Bill was an original member of the Snowballs, a group of men who skied together every Friday.

Cullen is survived by his wife; and brother, Harold, of Chicago. A memorial mass will be held in early March at Saint Mary’s Church in Aspen.

A memorial fund has been established in Cullen’s name at St. Mary’s Church for children in war-torn areas. In addition, the William Cullen Scholarship Fund has been instituted at Carroll College. Donations may be sent to the College Advancement Office; Carroll College; 100 North East Ave.; Waukesha, WI 53186.


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