SULLIVAN, EILEEN AGNES
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Gainesville - Eileen Agnes Sullivan, known affectionately by her siblings as 'Lee', was born on October 4, 1925 in Brooklyn, New York and passed away on Sunday, February 9, 2014 in Green Cove Springs with her family by her side. She was the daughter of Bridget O'Sullivan and Daniel Sullivan, one of five siblings, and was preceded in death by three brothers: Raymond, Gerard, and Charles, and a sister- Genevieve. The Sullivans grew upon their family farm in upstate Middletown, New York.
Eileen met her husband Joseph Aloysius Judd, Jr., a World War II US Army Air Corps Veteran and Prisoner of War, at the local USO Center in New York City. She attained her designation as a Registered Nurse (RN) in 1949 from the School of Nursing at the Long Island College Hospital and worked at the Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital in New York City. Eileen attended Hunter College in New York City where in 1953 she attained a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry upon which she was enrolled in Medical School for several years, but withdrew upon the birth of her daughter in 1956.
Eileen relocated to Miami Shores, Florida in the early 1960s. She remarried and the family then moved to California. Having a keen interest in Irish Studies and yearning for a new career, she pursued a Master of Arts in English Literature, earning her degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1967. The family then returned to Florida in 1966 and resided in Gainesville. She attained a Doctor of Philosophy in Irish Literature at the University of Florida in 1969, whereupon graduation she became a Professor. Dr. Sullivan's last career was that of Cabinet Affairs Director at the former Florida Department of Natural Resources in Tallahassee from which she retired in 1990.
Eileen was very active in the local and state Democratic Party and launched a gubernatorial campaign for Governor of the State of Florida in 1978. In her early years at the University of Florida, she was a founding member of the University Professors for Academic Order (UPAO). Eileen was also a nominee for the Florida Women's Hall of Fame in 1984 hosted by former Florida Governor Bob Graham.
Eileen loved gardening and touring abroad with her granddaughter, Tara. Most of all Eileen loved Irish folklore and literature and traveled extensively to Ireland where her cousins still reside to this day.
Eileen is survived by her daughter, Danielle JoAnne Judd of Green Cove Springs, Florida, a granddaughter, Tara Lee Malone of Alachua, Florida, three great grandchildren: Tony Dewayne Henderson, Jr., US Marine Corps, Jacksonville, North Carolina, Catherine Danielle Henderson and Aidan Michael Henderson both of Alachua, Florida.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the North Central Florida
Chapter in her memory. Special thanks are extended to her primary care physician, specializing in geriatrics, Dr. Sherif El-Salawy and Ms. Cheryl Robinson, LCSW for their support to Danielle over the years.
Arrangements are under the direction of Evans-Carter Funeral Home in High Springs, Florida. Services will be held at St. Madeleine Catholic Church, High Springs, Florida, on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 10:30 AM followed immediately by a luncheon reception in the church fellowship hall.
Arrangements are under the care of Evans-Carter Funeral Home, 220 N. Main St., High Springs, FL.
Evans-Carter Funeral Home
220 North Main Street High Springs, FL 32643
Published in Gainesville Sun from Feb. 12 to Feb. 13, 2014