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Anne Lucille O'Sullivan 1932-2011 Anne Lucille O'Sullivan (nee Heagney) passed away on November 25, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas after a long illness. Anne was born on October 10, 1932 in New York to Eugene and Helen Heagney. She is survived by a brother, Eugene, five children, Devon (John), Kerry (Kathi), Gael (Scott), Noreen (Jerry), Erin (Mark), and 18 grandchildren. Anne had a long and distinguished career in public health. She received her R.N. degree from Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing in New York City in 1954. In 1970, Anne graduated from the inaugural distance learning program in the College of Liberal Arts at Syracuse University. She completed her Masters in Public Health degree at Columbia University in 1981. Later in life, during her 50's, Anne enrolled at the Graduate School of Social Welfare at Fordham University and completed all of the coursework for a PhD in Social Gerontology. Anne pursued an impressive and rewarding career, emphasizing quality assurance, care for the mentally disabled, elder housing and healthcare, senior volunteerism, and teen substance abuse. For 10 years she served as Director of Quality Assurance at two New York state psychiatric facilities, and in 1986 she was appointed as Deputy Commissioner of Quality Assurance in the New York State Office of Mental Health. In her later years, Anne was an active volunteer, helping drive elderly patients to medical appointments as a driver for the "moover" and working as a Ski Ambassador at Mt. Snow in Vermont. After learning how to ski at age 50, Anne spent 10 wonderful years in Wilmington, Vt., where she built an extensive and supportive network of friends and colleagues. Anne's interests were multi-faceted, as evidenced by her election in 1977 to the Rockland County Legislature, her appointment as Chair of the Rockland County Arts Council, and participation in activities such as politics, book groups, hiking and biking trips, and travels around the world. Anne was happiest when surrounded by her beloved animals and her family. She took great pride in her children and grandchildren, and was comforted by all of them at the end of her illness. Her family is forever grateful that Noreen and Jerry opened their home to care for her in her final months. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations in Anne's memory should be made to one of the following charities benefitting the people of Wilmington VT: WilmingtonVTFloodRelief.com or the Deerfield River Valley Human Web at: drvhumanweb.org.

Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 30, 2011
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