Jerry William McCullough

July 24, 1939February 14, 2021

Jerry McCullough of Bloomington, Indiana died on February 14, 2021 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis after a brief illness. Born July 24, 1939 in Brazil, Indiana, to Howard McCullough and Mary (Dehler) McCullough, he was one of seven children.

Jerry graduated from Brazil High School in 1957. He attended Indiana State University, then embarked on a career in business. In 1963, while working as a salesman at Rough Notes Publishing Company in Indianapolis, he met Phyllis Arthur, a secretary there. They married a few months later and celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary in November 2020.

Jerry was a member of the Indiana National Guard from 1962 to 1968.

After moving to Bloomington with his young family in 1972, Jerry began working in the computer industry as a pioneer in early business computing systems. He was the founder and president of Data Solutions, a Cook Group Subsidiary, where he was instrumental in computerizing Cook Incorporated and the Cook Group Companies.

He retired from Data Solutions in 1986 to follow his passion for film and music, opening Classical Film and Music at Fountain Square in downtown Bloomington. The store was his true dream job, where he got to spend his days with local arts buffs, film and music professors at Indiana University, and renowned musicians passing through town on tour. When he closed his store in 2001, he donated his music collection to Indiana State University and his film collection to the IU Wells Library.

In retirement, Jerry enjoyed jazz and movies of all kinds; good food and travel; Friday night dinners with his close group of friends and golf every Wednesday with his favorite foursome. He was a huge supporter of Indiana University: In addition to serving on the IU LIbrary Dean’s Advisory Board for six years, he was a longtime member of the IU Alumni Association and the IU Varsity Club and an ardent fan of the Indiana Hoosiers. Jerry was also a philanthropist who donated generously to causes supporting the arts, equity, and social justice.

In addition to his wife, Phyllis, Jerry is survived by his two daughters, Julie (Tom Oling) Polito of Denver, Colo. and Elizabeth (Erik) Stelle of Bloomington; his grandchildren, Connor Stelle, Gianni Polito, Lucy Stelle, and Finn Polito; his sisters, Anne Sanders of Brazil, Janet John of Brooklyn, NY, and Sharon Anderson of Zionville; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters Mary Kay Smith and Patty Cornforth; and brother Tom McCullough.

Because of COVID-19, funeral and memorial services will be held at a future date, when we can gather to celebrate his enormous heart, sense of humor, and love of life in the way that he would have wanted.

If friends so desire, Memorial Contributions may be made to the Indiana University Library or the Indiana University Varsity Club for either send to I.U. Foundation, P.O. Box 6460, Indianapolis, IN 46206.

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Jerry William McCullough

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Jeremiah Young

February 22, 2021


We are so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless and comfort you and your family.

- Jeremiah, Val and Your Friends at Nature's Way, inc.

Ronald Mobley

February 22, 2021

Hello McCullough Family-
So sorry for your lose.
I was not able to stay connected the your family, but I have the greatest memories whenever I hear the name McCullough.
Jerry's kindness, smile and general demeaner drew people to him.
Jerry made a positive contribution to many individuals.
Ron Mobley

Tom Roznowski

February 20, 2021

Hello, Phyllis: My memories of Jerry are bookended by the first and last time we spoke. The last was during a performance that Monika Herzig and I were giving at Topo's featuring the Great American Songbook that all of us love so much. The first time was of course in my early days of discovery at Classical. Jerry opened up a world of music and film of various genres that continue to enrich my life. That thrill of anticipation every time I walked in the shop. I remember looking for a film to take home one evening when the majestic voice of Jesseye Norman singing Strauss filled the store. It remains one of the most magical musical reveries I've ever experienced. I have an image he shared of his mother at St. Joseph's Academy in Terre Haute circa 1926 in my studio.

Jerry was a generous soul who brought light with him wherever he went. He was a keen observer. I know he found great value in the arts, places, and the joy of conversation. He was a rare individual in that he listened every bit as carefully as he spoke. A life well-lived and beautifully shared. A very good man.

Brian Kearney

February 19, 2021

I met Jerry when he opened Classical Film & Music on Bloomington's courtyard square. WFHB Community Radio was just down the alleyway and he loaned the station music to play on our airwaves. He was also a generous business underwriter and took an interest in the station's mission to serve the community. Jerry had a sweet and gentle demeanor and was a great friend and supporter to area Bloomington artists. He will be missed. My most sincere condolences to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

Larry Price

February 18, 2021

My sympathies go out to the McCullough family. Jerry was a good man.

Janet McCullough John

February 18, 2021

My heart is broken. We were a group of six siblings last April and now we are three. We lost Tom in April 2020, Patty in January 2021, and now Jerry. I idolized Jerry growing up (pretty much still do). No one could have had a sweeter and funnier big brother. He teased me a lot when we were really young—we were next to one another in age—I displaced him as the baby of the family. But as we got older he could not have been more compassionate, supportive, and encouraging to me, no matter how out-there some of my choices were. If I were in a better place at the moment I could tell you more of all the amazing things he did and was—brilliant, creative, political, a wonderful son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. He was generous to a fault, a booklover and one of the people who first taught me, after our parents, that pursuing a life of the mind is a worthy aspiration. He was an athlete in his youth. He cared about other people and social justice. If he decided to do something he made a success of it. What a loss to me personally and to the world.

Tara Troy Doyon

February 18, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss, Jerry had an enormous personality & bigger heart. I have so many fond memories of he and my father, their laughter & friendship. Please know of my love and prayers for you all at this time.

Becky Phillips

February 18, 2021

It has been many years since I have seen Jerry & his family. But in my youngest of years he & his family brought so much joy and happiness when they came back to Brazil to visit. Jerry was so good to his Mom & Dad. I stayed close to him & his family through updates from Mary for many years A very good, smart, caring man.

Christine Battista

February 17, 2021

I am so very sorry for your loss! You all will be in my thoughts and prayers and we are sending you all of our love!
The Battista Family

Rebecca Shields

February 16, 2021

So sorry for your lost Becky Shields work with you at cooks on curry .you was a great lady I remember you and you talk about you husband.