Bill Mulliken

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Bill Mulliken
Personal information
Full name William Danforth Mulliken
Nickname(s) "Bill"
National team  United States
Born (1939-08-27)August 27, 1939
Urbana, Illinois
Died July 17, 2014(2014-07-17) (aged 74)
Chicago, Illinois
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 183 lb (83 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Breaststroke
College team Miami University

William Danforth Mulliken (August 27, 1939 – July 17, 2014) was an American competition swimmer and Olympic champion.

Mulliken represented the United States at the 1959 Pan American Games, where he won the 200-meter breaststroke, his signature event. At the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, he received a gold medal for winning the men's 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:37.4.[1][2][3]

He graduated from Miami University in 1961 with a bachelor's degree, and Harvard University in 1964 with a law degree.[3][4]

He founded Big Shoulders, a swim event at Ohio Street Beach in 1991 and held annually since.[5] An avid reader, he was an active member, supporter and leader of the Caxton Club of Chicago.[6][7] He also chaired the capital campaign for Miami University's Library.[4]

His first marriage was to Julia N. Neavolls. They had two daughters and a son before the marriage ended in divorce. He later married Lorna Filippini.[8]

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