Charles C. Cullison (Teacher)

Charles C. Cullison (Teacher)

Batavia Daily News, October 26, 1976

Death of Charles C. Cullison, former athletic dierector and basketball coach at Batavia High School comes as sad news for his many friends and former athletes who played for him.

Mr. Cullison was in charge of athletics for 25 years, a grand tenure when Batavia High grid and court teams were oftentimes great

Besides his winning ways in coaching and his good guidance  of the department, Mr. Cullison had another attribute.

There came a time when the BHS football team was undefeated and untied and community interest mounted with resulting betting on the outcome of games. That situation is extremely bad when high school athletes are involved.

Mr. Cullison made it perfectly plain that it was a school team, not a city team, and would continue to be a school team without any outside interference, a decison of which everyone could be proud.


C.C.Cullison, Ex-BHS Aide, Dies At 69

Charles C. Cullison, 69, who served as director of athletics at Batavia High School for 25 years before his retirement at the close of the 1968 school year, died at 11 p.m. Sunday, October 24, 1976, at Mease Hospital in Dunedin, FL., where he had made his home since retirement.

Mr. Cullison had largely recovered from the effects of a stroke suffered seven years ago and his death was due to an aneurism.

During much of his tenure in Batavia, Mr. Cullison also coached basketball, producing top teams on several occasions. His 1951-1952 squad was one of the best in BHS history and a candidate for Section V Class AA honors until it ran into one of Rochester's greatest scholastic teams in the Madison High club of that year in the semifinals.

A graudate of the University of Illinois, Mr. Cullison took a coaching position at Avon High School, which he held until 1939 when he went to Dansville, staying there until his move to Batavia in 1943.

While at Avon and Dansville, Cullison teams won four championships in football, two in baseball and eight in basketball. His records were 227 games won and 89 lost.

Mr. Cullison was also a top-flight golfer and won the championship of Stafford Country Club at one time.

Surviving are his wife, Norma; a son, Charles, of Long Island; a daughter, Mrs. Joseph (Carol) Poscani of Dunedin, an three grandchildren.

Services will be at the Moss Funeral Home in Dunedin on Wednesday. Flowers are declined. Memorials may be made to the Blue Devil Touchdown Club, William Ryan, treasurer, 249 East Ave., Batavia, N.Y.