Karen Sullivan Ph.D.

Karen A. Sullivan, PhD

PITTSFIELD Karen A. Sullivan was born in Bronxville, N.Y. She passed away unexpectedly on December 28, 2012,She was a 1962 graduate of St. Joseph High School in Pittsfield. She attended the former North Adams State College (now Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts) where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1966, graduating Cum Laude. She also received the Distinguished Alumni Award. She received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Microbiology & Immunology in 1974 from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Duke University. She completed her postdoctoral Fellowship in the Division of Laboratories and Research, New York Department of Health in 1978.

Beginning her professional career at the rank of Assistant Professor and Director of the Histocompatibility Laboratory at West Virginia University Medical Center in Morgantown, W.V., Karen was a faculty member from 1978-1980. She spent the next three years of her career on the faculty of the Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Sloan-Kettering Division, Cornell University, New York, NY. Tulane University School of Medicine extended an offer to her in 1983 in the role of Director of the Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Laboratory at the rank of Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, to which she accepted. In 1987 she was promoted to the rank of Research Associate Professor and in 1994 was promoted to the rank of Research Professor of Medicine. She served as Director of the Tulane University Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Laboratory for 29 years.

Throughout her professional life, Karen was a member of multiple professional societies including the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the American Association of Immunologists, the American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, and the Clinical Immunology Society, among others. She also served as the Chair and member of numerous national committees, served on editorial boards of several journals and published more than 30 manuscripts and/or book chapters.

Dr. Karen Sullivan is survived by two sisters, Megan Sullivan (New Jersey) and Dana Sullivan (Washington, D.C.); four nieces and three nephews; and one sister-in-law, Sheila Sullivan (Massachusetts).

Karen was dedicated to Tulane University for nearly 30 years. She will be missed by her Tulane family, friends and colleagues, as well as all of the members of the Sullivan family.

A memorial service will be held in the spring.

This obituary was originally published in the North Adams Transcript.

Published online on Feb. 16, 2013 courtesy of North Adams Transcript.