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Dorothy Sullivan Adams
Dorothy Sullivan Adams, age 86, died peacefully in her sleep Wednesday, January 1st in Lake Mary, Florida. Dot was born in Brooklyn, NY to James Joseph Sullivan and Nora Shannon Sullivan. A city girl, she graduated from Manual Training High School in Brooklyn and attended Hunter College in New York.

She moved to Tallahassee in 1948 where her husband, Art Adams, played on FSU's first basketball team and she remained a loyal Seminole until her passing.

After raising her children in Tallahassee, Dot graduated from Tallahassee Community College where she was editor of "The Talon" newspaper,

and the Florida A&M University School of Journalism.

She became a travel writer and international sales representative for the Florida Division of Tourism opening Florida's first international sales office in London U.K. in 1982. Dot loved London and returned often to visit friends and family in England and Ireland.

Upon retiring to Destin, Fl., she worked as a columnist for the Beach Breeze newspaper covering social and cultural events for the Emerald Coast. An avid supporter of the Arts, she encouraged many around her to volunteer and get involved in local events.

Dorothy is survived by her three children, Steve (Katie) Adams of Tallahassee, Connie (Ed) Gilbert of Lake Mary, Fl., Ellen (Joe) Mackey of Bedford, Va., and most proudly, her three grandgirls, Heather Gilbert, New York City, Caila Mackey, Charleston, SC, and Liza Mackey, Athens, Ga.

A celebration of Dot's life will be held in New York City in the spring.
Memorial contributions can be made to Alaqua Animal Refuge of the Emerald Coast by visiting or calling (850) 880-6399.

Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Jan. 5, 2014