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Star ad rep, former Daily Times sports editor Rick Cullen dies

From the Seaford Star, Mike McClure, editor

Rick Cullen, an advertising representative for Morning Star Publications, Inc., passed away at his home last Friday. Cullen began working for the Star newspapers on July 6, 1999 and continued to work for the western Sussex papers until his death. 

“Rick joined Morning Star Publications following a successful career as sports editor of the Daily Times in Salisbury. I was pleased to have someone with his distinguished background in publishing join our staff,” said Morning Star Publications Owner/President Bryant Richardson. “Very methodic in his work, Rick was part of the growth of our publishing company. Rick was also a friend, someone I could speak to about the many changes occurring in our industry. My wife (Carol) and I will miss him very much.”

“He was always willing to give advice to a young reporter or a new ad rep,” Morning Star Publications Editor/Publisher Mike McClure added. “When I started as the Star’s sports editor he told me, ‘Think of me as a sponge. I’m happy to share with you what I have learned over the years,’.”

A graduate of Delmar High School in 1961, Cullen came back to his hometown after attending Missouri Valley College. He then got his start in the newspaper business in the Salisbury Times sports department. After working there for two years, he entered the Marine Corps. Two years later, after serving his country, he returned to the company where he worked as a beat reporter, covering Sussex County.

In 1972, Cullen was named sports editor of the Daily Times, a position he held until 1996. During Cullen’s tenure as sports editor, the newspaper was widely read, especially for its local and regional sports coverage.

Cullen was inducted into the Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame as a sports writer in 2000. He will also be posthumously honored as a member of the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association’s Hall of Fame later this year.

A long time resident of the Delmar area, Cullen was proud of his hometown and his alma mater.

“[Delmar]’s a great little town,” Cullen told the Star for an article in 2016. “It’s always been a traditional town, and it has a great school system. The town supports its own.”

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