Longtime GRIN swimmer Doug Strong passes away

BLOOMINGTON, Indiana, April 22. A longtime Hoosier swimming supporter and friend of legendary coach Doc Counsilman, Doug Strong passed away on April 20.

Strong was the recipient of the Marge Counsilman Service Award in 2007. A former swimmer at Northwestern and a 1949 graduate of the University of Texas, Strong was an accomplished Masters swimmer. He holds a number of state masters records, especially in the 75-79 and 80-84 year old age groups. He was ranked top 10 nationally in dozens of events, going back as far as 1971. Last summer (2010) he placed in the top 10 nationally in four long-course events in the 85-89 age category.

Strong was a retired piano technician at the School of Music. He graduated from Texas in 1949 with a Bachelor of Music in orchestral instruments. For many years he played French horn in the Bloomington Symphony.


Strong and his wife Margaret established the Doug Strong Swimming Scholarship, as well as a scholarship with the IU Jacobs School of Music.

A memorial service for Strong will take place in Bloomington at a later date.