Ted Mullin

Ted Mullin loved his family and friends, Carleton College and its History Department, the sports of swimming and soccer, many forms of rock and alternative music, the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Fire soccer team.

Edward H. "Ted" Mullin was 22 years old in September of 2006 when he died of synovial sarcoma, a rare malignant tumor that first appeared behind his right knee in the spring of 2004.

Ted was born May 5, 1984, in Chicago, then moved to Oakland, CA and lived there until 1993 when his family relocated to Winnetka, IL.

A hard-working athlete who swam competitively beginning in middle school, Ted competed on his high school's varsity swim team for three years, swimming both the 200- and 500-yard freestyle. In his senior year, he was elected captain of the team. An honor roll student for eight semesters, he was an Illinois State Scholar and was named an academic All American swimmer his senior year. Ted also played trumpet in his high school's jazz and concert bands and found time to do volunteer work.

At Carleton College in Northfield, MN, Ted thrived in the study of history, a passionate interest since Mr. Meyers' social studies classes in middle school. He was a member of the men's swimming and diving team, and was twice elected captain. As a junior, he was featured in a "Profile of Excellence" in College Sporting News. In the article, Carleton swim team coach Andy Clark calls him "courageous, dedicated, team-minded and ultimately passionate about his daily endeavors and this is especially true of his swimming."

At Carleton, Ted co-hosted a weekly radio program and was awarded the Patricia V. Damon Merit Scholarship for his exceptional academic and extracurricular achievements. In 2005 and 2006, Ted co-captained two "Relay for Life" events in Northfield, MN, sponsored by the American Cancer Society to raise funds to support cancer research. Ted served as a volunteer summer swim coach at Old Willow Swim Club in Glenview, IL for eight years, and also coached at swim clubs in Evanston and Winnetka, even while he was being treated for cancer.

Ted learned he had sarcoma in May of his sophomore year of college. Ted and his family turned to The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital for treatment of this rare and difficult disease. Between June and November 2004, he underwent many chemotherapy and radiation therapy treatments as well as surgery to remove the primary tumor behind his right knee. He returned to Carleton with the sarcoma in remission until the end of his junior year when scans showed the disease had spread to his lungs. He underwent more chemotherapy and a series of lung surgeries beginning in May of 2005 but the cancer was unstoppable. Throughout his treatments Ted was sustained by the love of his family and friends, his unfailing sense of humor and his faith.

Other memorials to Ted include the Carleton College Thorpe Pool scoreboard named for him, the Carleton College History Department's Edward H. "Ted" Mullin '06 Memorial Fellowship Prize in History, awarded to a Junior History Major for travel and/or research opportunities to enhance the student's broader learning journey, and a bench in Ted's memory overlooking lower Lyman Lake on campus.