Gloria Callen

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Callen in 1942

Gloria Callen (December 21, 1923 in Freeport, New York – September 2, 2016), was a backstroke swimmer from the United States.[1] She was the 1942 Associated Press Athlete of the Year.[2]


"Glamorous" Gloria Marie Callen was born in 1923. [3] She married Herbert Erskine Jones Jr. in 1944.[4]

Gloria Callen set 35 American records and one world record in swimming, and won 13 American championships. Due to World War II, she was never able to compete in world championships or Olympic Games, even though she qualified for the 1940 Olympic Games. She quit swimming when she went to college at Barnard College and joined the American Women's Voluntary Services.[5]

Gloria Callen was one in a row of glamorous swimming champions, and was voted one of America's 13 best-dressed women by the New York's Fashion Academy.[5]



  1. ^ "Gloria Callen Jones". Barlow Bonsall. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  2. ^ a b USA swimming awards table.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Marriage announcement in Time magazine, October 23, 1944
  5. ^ a b c International Swimming Hall of Fame biography
  6. ^ Inductee list of the Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame