BANKER--Pamela Sullivan, an acclaimed interior designer, died of melanoma on April 22. Her career began in London dealing in antiques. In 1964 she returned to the US and launched her own interior design firm, Pamela Banker, Inc. She joined McMillen, Inc. in 1988 as a principal designer and in 1992 became affiliated with Parish-Hadley. When Parish-Hadley closed in 1999 she re-launched her firm, renamed Pamela Banker Associates, which continues under her daughter, Leslie Banker. Pamela is the co-author, with her daughter, of two books, The Pocket Decorator and The Pocket Renovator. Born Pamela Gerli Sullivan in NYC, she attended The Greenwich Country Day School, The Spence School, Manhattanville College and The New York School of Interior Design. Pamela was on the boards of the Preservation League of New York State, The Royal Oak Foundation, the Alumnae Board of The Spence School, and was an officer and active member of the Decorators Club. Pamela is survived by her husband of 46 years, David Banker; her daughter, Leslie Banker Mullins; her granddaughter, Harriet Mullins; her sisters Leslie Sullivan Horn and Christine Sullivan Witker, and her brother, John M. Sullivan Jr. A memorial service will be held at 3:30 on May 9th at The Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, 66th St. and Lexington Ave. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Spence School, Advancement Office, 22 East 91st St., NYC, 10128 or to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Development Office, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, 11791 for melanoma research.
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Published in The New York Times on Apr. 25, 2013