Remembering the Greatest Jumper in Olympic History


Annual Commemoration of Raymond Clarence Ewry

On the 81st anniversary of his passing (September 29), Ray Ewry, the greatest jumper in Olympic history,was remembered for his athletic achievements as well as his career in the field of mechanical & civil engineering. There was a short commemoration, including the laying of 10 yellow roses at his grave marker — one rose for each Olympic gold medal he earned in jumping events.

{Pictured L to R: Joe Micon, LUM executive director; Judith & Dick Leill; and Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker.}

Lafayette native and Jefferson High & Purdue graduate, Ray Ewry was diagnosed with polio at age seven, eventually recovering, going on to be an engineer and Olympic gold medalist. To read more about Ray Ewry, click HERE.

  • To read more about Ray Ewry, click HERE.
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