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Paul Hutinger Obituary

July 25, 2014


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MACOMB, IL -- A celebration of life for Paul Hutinger, 89, Western Illinois University physical education professor emeritus, who died July 17 in Florida, will be held at a later date.

Hutinger joined the faculty at Western Illinois University in 1964 as a professor in physical education. He also coached the University's swimming team. Under his leadership, the 1966 WIU team placed fourth in the NAIA National Championships and the 1967 team won the conference championship. He also coached the water polo team, which were NAIA National Champions in 1968 and 1970.

In 1971, Hutinger organized and coached the Western Illinois Masters Swimmers, and in 1973, he founded the Illinois Masters Team. He retired from WIU in 1992.

In 1996, he organized and coached the Florida Maverick Masters in St. Petersburg. Between 1997 and 2004, his team won eight National Small Team Titles and boasts having the highest percentage of All American and Top 10 swimmers of any U.S. Masters swimming club.

In February 2004, Hutinger was inducted into the International Master's Swimming Hall of Fame in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In June 2004, he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Ricionne, Italy, on the basis of holding World Championships in three swimming events. He has held all three backstroke (50, 100, 200) records in each age division from 45-49 through 85-89. He is the only individual to achieve All-American status every year since 1972.

In 1975, he founded, edited and published the Journal of Masters Swimming. In 1980, he published a book of the same title.

He is survived by his wife, Margie, and one son, Chuck.

A complete obituary will be available at andersonmcqueen.com/obituaries


MACOMB, IL -- A celebration of life for Paul Hutinger, 89, Western Illinois University physical education professor emeritus, who died July 17 in Florida, will be held at a later date.

Hutinger joined the faculty at Western Illinois University in 1964 as a professor in physical education. He also coached the University's swimming team. Under his leadership, the 1966 WIU team placed fourth in the NAIA National Championships and the 1967 team won the conference championship. He also coached the water polo team, which were NAIA National Champions in 1968 and 1970.

In 1971, Hutinger organized and coached the Western Illinois Masters Swimmers, and in 1973, he founded the Illinois Masters Team. He retired from WIU in 1992.

In 1996, he organized and coached the Florida Maverick Masters in St. Petersburg. Between 1997 and 2004, his team won eight National Small Team Titles and boasts having the highest percentage of All American and Top 10 swimmers of any U.S. Masters swimming club.

In February 2004, Hutinger was inducted into the International Master's Swimming Hall of Fame in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In June 2004, he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Ricionne, Italy, on the basis of holding World Championships in three swimming events. He has held all three backstroke (50, 100, 200) records in each age division from 45-49 through 85-89. He is the only individual to achieve All-American status every year since 1972.

In 1975, he founded, edited and published the Journal of Masters Swimming. In 1980, he published a book of the same title.

He is survived by his wife, Margie, and one son, Chuck.

A complete obituary will be available at andersonmcqueen.com/obituaries

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