Sonntag Institute Director William Sullivan, SJ, Dies

A funeral Mass will be celebrated today at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Chapel for part-time faculty member William D. Sullivan, SJ (Biology), who died of emphysema Sunday at St. Elizabeth's Hospital. The director of the University's Sonntag Institute for Cancer Research for the past 29 years, Fr. Sullivan was 78.

Fr. Sullivan joined the Biology Department faculty in 1958, and eight years later became director of the Sonntag Institute. Under his leadership, the institute received considerable support from such agencies as the Atomic Energy Commission, the National Science Foundation and the American Cancer Society.

"He was an extremely dedicated teacher who worked very closely with his students," said Assoc. Prof. William Petri, the Biology chairman. "He certainly was accomplished in his research and scholarly activities, but it was his involvement with students for which he is most remembered."

The author of numerous scientific studies, Fr. Sullivan was active in the American Society of Cell Biology, American Genetic Association and New England Society of Electron Microscopy.

William Sullivan, SJ.

A native of Brighton, Fr. Sullivan studied at Boston College for two years before entering the Society of Jesus in 1938; he was ordained in 1951. He received a master's degree at Fordham University, a doctoral degree from Catholic University, and conducted postdoctoral studies at the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard University medical schools.

Fr. Sullivan is survived by two brothers, Patrick A. Sullivan, SJ, of the Campion Center in Weston, and James Sullivan of Dedham; a sister, Kaye O'Brien of Torrance, Cal.; and a cousin, Adj. Assoc. Prof. Francis P. Sullivan, SJ, (Theology).


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