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Donations in memory of Ray B. Essick III

Raymond Brooke Essick III, 82, of Colorado Springs, CO, passed away peacefully at his home on May 21st, 2016. Ray Essick photo. (Medium)

Ray was born September 18, 1933 in Murphysboro, IL. He graduated from Senn High School in Chicago, IL and continued on to receive bachelors and masters degree from the University of Illinois. Ray was married to Frances (Toni) on June 14, 1958. They were married 57 years.

Ray’s coaching career spanned 22 years including Lake Forest Swim Club, New Trier High School, Southern Illinois University and Harvard University. He led the Southern Illinois University team to seven appearances at the NCAA national championships, finishing in the top 20 each time with twenty one of his swimmers named as All-Americans. For this, he was recognized as NCAA Coach of the Year in 1972. He then moved his talents to Harvard University, where he lost only one meet during his tenure. In 1976, Ray took the reins of American swimming as the AAU’s swimming administrator. When United States Swimming was created as the National Governing Body in 1980, Ray became its first Executive Director. He remained in that position for 17 years until his retirement in 1997, leading the sport through a period of enormous growth and prosperity.

Ray is survived by his wife Toni and his children -- Ray IV, Anne (Shimp), Brad and Kate. He is also survived by his sister Mary Bartolucci and his six grandchildren - Ray V, Reed, Kyle, Oliver, Chris, Madeline. Ray is

preceded in death by his mother Ida “Nanny” Essick Sutherland and his father Raymond “Doc” Essick, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to USA Swimming Foundation, a philanthropic arm of USA Swimming that raises funds to strengthen the sport from grassroots to gold medals, The family of Raymond B. Essick III wishes to thank USA Swimming and the swimming community for their support.


Please click here to make an online donation in memory of Ray B. Essick


Cards can be mailed to:

Toni Essick
Brookdale Bear Creek Assisted Living

1685 S. 21st Street

Colorado  Springs, CO 80904

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