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

Join Us for a Celebration of the Life of Ray Ewry


SATURDAY – Ray Ewry Commemoration 

There will be a short commemoration, including the laying of 10 yellow roses at the grave of Raymond “Ray” Clarence Ewry, the greatest jumper in Olympic history, to celebrate his life and mark 81st anniversary of his passing. Details are as follows:
  • Date – THIS Saturday, September 29
  • Time – 2 p.m.
  • Place – Springvale Cemetery, 25 US-52, Lafayette
  • All are welcome
Lafayette native and Jefferson High & Purdue graduate, Ray Ewry was diagnosed with polio at age seven, eventually recovering, going on to win 10 Olympic gold medals in jumping events, and completing a storied career in the fields of mechanical and civil engineering.
  • To read more about Ray Ewry, click HERE.
  • PHOTOS – To view photos of Ray Ewry, click HERE.

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.