Marcia Kulick

Marcia Kulick

Marcia McCullough Bevard Kulick, age 63, of Plymouth, MN, passed away peacefully at her home on March 16, 2017, after waging a heroic battle against cancer.
She was born February 4, 1954 in Kingman, Kansas, the daughter of Norman and Virginia McCullough. She graduated from Kingman High School in 1972.
At the age of 23, Marcia was involved in a motorcycle accident that left her without the use of her legs. She saw that as a challenge and thrived. She enrolled at the University of Minnesota Duluth and became the first disabled person to swim on a collegiate swim team. She graduated in 1984 with an interdisciplinary studies therapeutic recreation major and a physical education minor. She received a master of education degree in 1988.
In 1985, UMD established the Marcia Bevard-Kulick Scholarship which is awarded annually to students with disabilities.
She was the first disabled woman athlete to be on the advisory board of the Women’s Sports Foundation, the first disabled athlete to be named a “Healthy American Fitness Leader”; and the first paraplegic to be certified by the American Red Cross as a Lifeguard. In 1982 she won 9 gold medals in the Pan American Wheelchair Games in Nova Scotia. In the 1984 Paralympics Games in England she won 6 gold medals and set 5 world and Olympic records in swimming. She has held national and international records in downhill skiing, tennis, basketball and marathons. She was the one of the first women wheelchair athletes across the finish line one year in the Boston Marathon and wheeled in 12 other marathons in the U.S., Japan and Hawaii. In 1998 she was inducted into the Wheelchair Sports USA Hall of Fame. Her legacy will continue to inspire athletes for many years to come.
Marcia had been the Aquatic Director at the Minneapolis Courage Center, worked for the Chrysler Corporation as the Marketing Director of Disability Awareness, worked in the Health Fitness Specialist program at the Minnesota School of Business, worked as a certified lifestyle educator and most recently was a member of the corporate support staff of the Minnesota-based Lunds and Byerly’s grocery store chain.
She enjoyed cooking healthy meals, gardening, watching wildlife, visiting with family and friends and wheeling nature trails with her beloved husband John.
Marcia married John Kulick in 1984 and he passed away soon after Marcia on March 19, 2017 of an unrelated illness.
Marcia is survived by sisters Karen Lowery and Janice West of Texas, brother Larry McCullough (Elaine) of Lawrence, KS, and many beloved nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
To learn more about Marcia, go to http://duluth.umn.edu/external-affairs/homepage/13/kulick.html
An ECK Memorial Service and joint celebration of her and her husband’s lives will be held on Saturday, May 6 at 1 p.m. at the Temple of ECK, 7450 Powers Boulevard, Chanhassen, MN 55317. A reception will follow immediately.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Eckankar or a charity of your choice on behalf of Marcia and John Kulick.

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