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Franklin McCulloch, 92, Pearl Harbor survivor
April 9, 1915 -- Oct. 27, 2007

Franklin Howard McCulloch, a retired Internal Revenue Service agent and a survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, died Saturday in his home in Clarence. He was 92.

Born in Buffalo, he grew up in Buffalo and Toronto. A lifelong advocate of physical fitness, he was a professional athlete as a young man, playing for the Toronto Balmy Beach football team and as a goalie for the Buffalo Nationals hockey team.

In 1939, Mr. McCulloch enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was assigned to the 19th Pursuit Squadron stationed at Wheeler Field in Hawaii. He was getting ready to go to Sunday Mass when the Japanese bombed his barracks, and he escaped unhurt.

He later went to officer training school and graduated first in his class, then was reassigned to the Eighth Air Force in England.

Mr. McCulloch remained in the military after World War II and retired in 1959, attaining the rank of major. Prior to his retirement, he trained numerous soldiers in efficiency and leadership. He also was the host of a radio program in Bar Harbor, Maine, while he was stationed there. He moved to Clarence in 1954.

After retiring from the military, he taught variously at Canisius College and the University at Buffalo as an adjunct, as well as at St. Mary's High School in Lancaster and Depew High School.

In the 1960s, Mr. McCulloch took on a new career as an IRS agent. He retired in the 1980s.

Mr. McCulloch also was an active volunteer for many agencies, including Veterans Hospital. He broadcast a weekly radio show for the Niagara Frontier Radio Reading program and was a frequent visitor and guest speaker at various business schools and at Veterans of Foreign Wars posts.

Mr. McCulloch was a member of Toastmasters International and served as president of the regional Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.

He also was a founding parishioner of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Clarence, where he served as lector and was a member of the widowers club. He also served as a lector at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bowmansville.

His wife, Doris Erb McCulloch, whom he married on Valentine's Day 1943, died in 1994.

Surviving are seven daughters, Marsha, Candace, Alison Berezuik, Leslie, Vicki Agosti, Nancy and Sara Schupbach, and three sons, Frank, Michael and Joseph.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday in Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 8500 Main St. at Harris Hill Road, Clarence.


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