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Public relations executive

James Willard McCulla, American public relations executive. Recipient Distinguished Public Affairs Reporting award American Political Science Association, 1968, 70, Exceptional Service medal National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1989, numerous other awards for writing and editing National Editorial Association, Illinois Press. Association, Milwaukee Press Club.


McCulla, James Willard was born on January 8, 1930 in Waukegan, Illinois, United States. Son of Willard Kennedy McCulla and Regina (Miller) Green.


Bachelor, Quincy (Illinois) College, 1952. Postgraduate, University Chicago, 1959. Master of Arts in International Affairs, George Washington University, 1981.


Reporter The Stars and Stripes, Darmstadt, Republic of Germany, 1952-1954. News editor Indiana-Register, Libertyville, Illinois, 1954-1955, managing editor, 1959-1963. Assistant manager public relations Johnson Motors division Outboard Marine Corporation, Waukegan, 1955-1959.

National political reporter Milwaukee Journal, 1963-1973. Press secretary United States Sen. Gaylord Nelson, Washington, 1973-1977.

Director public affairs agency for international development United States Department State, 1977-1980. Director media relations National Aeronautics and Space Administration, since 1980.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor numerous articles to local newsapers and magazines including Newsweek, Time and National Catholic Reporter.


Active steering committee association parents College William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1984-1988. Staff sergeant United States Army, 1952-1954. Member Senior Executive Service United States of America, National Space Club Washington.


  • Other Interests

    Running, home remodeling, lecturing.


Married Helen Cleopha (Pat) Scholz, February 20, 1954.

Willard Kennedy McCulla Green

Regina (Miller) Green

Helen Cleopha