Frank Cullom, a 60-year Santa Monica resident and former teacher at Venice High School, where he coached football for 20 years, passed away February 21st in Santa Monica. He was 89.

Cullom graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara and later earned a master’s degree from the University of Southern California.

Having spent a career coaching sports, Cullom began as a coach of football and track in Barstow. He later started teaching and coaching in the Los Angeles Unified School District, beginning at Jordan High School in 1950, followed by Hamilton High, University High and lastly Venice High, from which he retired in 1982.

Cullom’s achievements as a coach won him and his schools numerous awards.

His love for athletics was lifelong, particularly in football and the Scottish Highland Games, his family said. Cullom also found joy in antique cars, as he owned a 1933 Austin 7, which he displayed in parades. His other lifelong pleasures were classical music and traveling with his wife Barbara through more than 50 countries.

Cullom is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Barbara; daughter Lorraine Ledbetter; sons Keith and Kent; five grandchildren, Gwen, Erin, Gina, Lindsay and Ryan; and four great-grandchildren, Seth, Tristan, Nathan and Kylee.