Mr. Sullivan began teaching at BC in 1949, the same year he earned a master's degree in English literature from the University. He became known for his engaging teaching style and caring personality.
"He was the model college professor. He loved his students and they loved him," said Rattigan Professor of English John L. Mahoney, who knew Mr. Sullivan for 45 years.
"He had a love for literature and poetry that students could see," Mahoney said. "They knew he was not only highly intelligent, but had a genuine love for books."
After retiring in 1982, Mr. Sullivan continued to teach in the department as a part-time instructor.
Mr. Sullivan graduated from Harvard University in 1938 and served in World War II.
He leaves his wife, Mary, five children and five grandchildren.
Burial was in Knollwood Cemetery, Canton.
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