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Art, died in Erlanger, KY July 26th at the age of 92. He was the drama, movie, radio, television critic for the Akron Beacon Journal during the 1950s. He graduated from the University of Akron in 1942 in absentia. He was already serving in the Air Force in Central Africa, where he edited the camp newspaper during the day and worked on airplanes at night. Cullison transferred to the Beacon's state desk in 1959 where he remained until his retirement in 1985. He and his colleagues won a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of the Kent State shootings. He met Helen Louise Hagen while both were working on the Akron U newspaper. They wed in 1942, one month before he left for Africa. They shared a nursing home room the last year of his life. Cullison survived his parents Ernest and Emma, his brother Karl and a sister Elizabeth. He leaves his wife of 70 years, his brother Donald of Akron, two sons, Richard of Fort Mitchell, KY, and Robert of Hopkins , Minn.; grandchildren Robert Jr. of Copley, OH; Steve and Jeff of Minneapolis, Andrew of Fredonia, NY., and Rachael of Fort Mitchell, KY. Je also leaves four great-grandchildren. The Billow Funeral Home 85 N. Miller Road, Akron, OH will make the arrangements for a memorial service. Contributions may be given to Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, 104 E. 7th St. Covington, KY 41011, or to Summit County United Way, 90 N. Prospect St. Akron, OH 44304-1273.
Published in the Kentucky Enquirer on July 29, 2012