Ray Bullock, Art Professor Emeritus, Taylor’s First Women’s Cross Country Coach, Dies at 83

Published: May 06, 2014

Professor of Art Emeritus and Taylor’s first women’s cross country coach Ray Bullock died May 2, 2014, at the Upland University Nursing Center. He was 83.

He was born August 11, 1930 in Somerset, Ky., and served in the Air Force with the Pacific 57th Strategic Air Weather Recon Squadron during the Korean War.

Dr. Bullock held bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Ball State University. During his undergraduate years at Ball State, he lettered in both track and cross country.  During his graduate career he was recognized with the Outstanding Indiana Student Education Research Award and the Ball State University Most Distinguished Dissertation Award.

His teaching experience included grades 1-12 for the Alexandria Monroe Township School Corporation and secondary art at Oak Hill High School.

Dr. Bullock joined the Taylor University Art Department in 1966, where he developed an art education program during his 25-year tenure. In 1984 he was recruited to form and coach the first women’s cross country team at Taylor. Dr. Bullock’s teams advanced to national cross country championships six of the 14 years he served as coach. During that time he also served as Eligibility Chair for the NCCAA and in 1999 was inducted into that organization’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

He was an avid runner and completed 17 marathons, over 30 half-marathons and many shorter races, making nearly annual appearances in the Weaver Popcorn race and the Running of the Mounds competition. He also coached Little League baseball for 19 years during which his teams achieved 48 consecutive wins. His love of travel took him and his wife to Europe several times, on numerous visits to Hawaii and extensive travel within the continental U.S.

Dr. Bullock was a member of the First Church of God where he served twice as chair of the building committee as well as in other capacities. He created a 16 foot metal enameled cross twice for the church chancel.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jeanne Bullock of Upland, Ind.; two sons, Kurt Bullock of Traverse City, Michigan and Kris (Jill) Bullock of Lawton, Michigan; three granddaughters; one sister, Dorothy Dunham of Greenville, N.C.; four nephews and three nieces.

A half-hour viewing will precede a celebration of Dr. Bullock’s life at 10:00 a.m., at the Marion Church of God, 450 W. 50th Street, Marion, Ind., Saturday, May 10, 2014.

Burial Services will be held at 12:30 p.m. at Jefferson Township Cemetery, Upland, Ind.

Memorials may be made to the Marion First Church of God; or to the Ray E. Bullock Endowed Scholarship at Taylor University.

Online condolences may be made at www.ravenchoate.com