SFA aquatic biologist and world traveler featured in 'The Rotarian'

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Dr. Jack McCullough, a retired Stephen F. Austin State University aquatic biologist never knows when his past adventures will spark someone's interest.

"I like talking about Rotary because they do a lot of good for human beings," McCullough said.

The good done by this Rotarian of 31 years is the subject of a feature article in the "the Rotarian" December issue. The Rotary magazine is circulated around the world, and it will be going to some of the same places McCullough and his wife Elaruth have traveled.

On one of those trips, Dr. McCullough and she went to the Amazon on sort of a honeymoon trip.

"She and I went to the Amazon River, sort of a honeymoon trip," Dr. McCullough said.

Actually, it was a 52nd wedding anniversary trip made about eight years ago.

Elaruth McCullough said that she knew what she was in for when she married her husband.

"I did what I wanted to do, and what I didn't want to do."

The couple saw many exotic sites, but the haunting image was sick children swimming and bathing in infested waters. They just had to ask what was wrong with the children.

"What's wrong with these kids?" Dr. McCullough asked. "And he said they had, they're infested with hookworms."

A vacation turned into a mission. Dr. McCullough wrote a grant asking for 500 doses of medicine. Ten thousand doses were sent and continue to this day.

"It gives you a good feeling in your heart to know that somehow you helped save a life of a little kid," Dr. Mcullough said.

Today, Dr. McCullough is recovering from serious health issues, but looks forward to lunch with his fellow Rotarians.

"I'm going to show up down there and shock those guys,' Dr. McCullough said.

The McCulloughs said the Rotary Club is a good outlet for helping people, both around the world and here at home.

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