Join Us for a Celebration of the Life of Ray Ewry


FRIDAY – Celebrate the Life of Ray Ewry – Lafayette Native – 10 Time Olympic Gold Medalist


Each year on the anniversary of the passing of Raymond Clarence Ewry, Dick Leill and Joe Micon, LUM executive director, lay 10 yellow roses on his memorial marker and share stories about his remarkable life. The 10 yellow roses symbolize the 10 US Olympic Gold Medals earned by Ray Ewry from 1900 to 1908 — the most until Michael Phelps earned his 11th in 2008. Ray Ewry, Lafayette native and Purdue alumnus, was not expected to walk after a bout of polio at age 7 and became the greatest jumper in Olympic history.

Join this informal celebration tomorrow, the 80th anniversary of his passing — September 29, 1937. Details are as follows:

  • Celebration of Raymond Clarence Ewry (Oct. 14, 1873 – Sept. 29, 1937)
  • Date/Time: TOMORROW (Friday, September 29) at 10 a.m.
  • Place: Spring Vale Cemetery, 2580 State Road 25 N, Lafayette

PHOTOS – To view photos of Ray Ewry, click HERE.

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