Lawrence Cullom, W6CRP, SK


Lawrence Cullom, W6CRP, SK

I was saddened to read about the death of Lawrence Cullom, W6CRP. Lawrence was a long-time club member who was first licensed back in the early 20’s. He once gave me one of his old QSL cards from back then, when he was known as 6CRP.

Phill Eschle, KG6XY and myself got to know Lawrence in 1986 when we helped him get an antenna up so that he could get back on HF after many years of not operating. Eventually his wife, Maie, became licensed as KD6FUI, and checked in regularly on our two-meter net.

I always will remember Lawrence fondly by the statement he made when we were getting him back on the air with all this newfangled ham equipment: “Everything has gone to hell since they invented the tube!”


Here is the obituary in today’s Santa Cruz Sentinel:

Services will be Saturday for Lawrence Cullom, who died Tuesday at Dominican Hospital. He was 92. Mr. Cullom was born and raised in Santa Cruz, graduating from Santa Cruz High School in 1925.

He was in the Navy during World War II, working in radio communications in the Pacific. He later worked for the state beaches and parks system and retired in 1972.

Mr. Cullom was a member of Santa Cruz Masonic Lodge #38.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Maie Cullom; a daughter Judith Hickey of Redding; daughter-in-law Teresa Wright of Santa Cruz; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

His son, John Wright, died in 1977.

Services will be at 2 PM Saturday at the First Methodist Church, 250 California St., Santa Cruz. Graveside services will be at 3 PM Friday at Oakwood Memorial Park, Santa Cruz.

Friends may call today (Thursday) from 48 PM at Chapel of the Four Seasons, 1050 Cayuga St., Santa Cruz.

Contributions are preferred to the First Methodist Church, 250 California St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060.