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Nov. 17, 1915 - May 18, 2014
Dr. Sullivan is survived by his wife, Lou Hall Davis, of Sarasota; his daughter, Anne S. Galt, of Seattle; his two grandsons, Stuart A. Galt and Sean P. Galt; one great grandson, Patrick A. Galt, of Seattle; his step-children, Katherine Keifer-Kerr, Beth Davis, Sarah Davis, Jim Davis, and Lynn Watson; his step-grandsons, Steve Watson and Brian Watson; and step-granddaughters, Samantha Watson and Katie Watson. This loving family pays tribute to his gentle kindness, compassion, devotion to duty and others and his enduring sense of humor.
Benjamin Sullivan, Jr., joined the U.S. Army (Medical Corps) in 1940, and was awarded the Bronze Star and Legion of Merit awards. During his career in the Army he was the head of the gastroenterology department in three major military hospitals, he also served as a gastroenterology consultant to the Surgeon General of the Army. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1961.
Following Colonel Sullivan's military career he joined the Cleveland Clinic where he served as a role model to other physicians, residents and fellows. He was recognized in major medical publications and national medical presentations and left his mark on advanced research and the curriculum of endoscopic training for current and future generations. Dr. Sullivan was the recipient of the Rudolf Schindler Award of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy - the highest honor in this specialty.
He lived a long full life of 98 years and will be missed by family, friends and colleagues alike. He was a joy in all of our lives.
Published in Herald Tribune from May 25 to May 26, 2014