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Roger Michael Sullivan


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Roger Michael Sullivan Obituary
October 27, 1926 - November 28, 2016 Roger Michael Sullivan, a Los Angeles native who raised his family in Santa Monica, and spent his final years in Alamitos Bay, passed away on November 28 surrounded by his family. Roger attended St. Paul School, Loyola High School, and attended Occidental College as part of the Navy V-5 program. He received his wings as a Naval Aviator in 1947 and proudly served in the Navy Reserves. He earned his B.A. at Loyola University and in 1952 earned his J.D. at Loyola Law School. Roger, a devoted husband and father, enjoyed golf, sailing, camping, the annual Baja trip and a lifelong love of Catalina Island. He started his legal career as an attorney with the Pacific Electric Railway Company. Five years later he began the firm that became Sullivan, Workman & Dee with his lifelong friend Henry Workman. In 1959, Roger met Jayne Colgan a TWA flight attendant in Manhattan Beach whom he married and spent 56 loving years. At Loyola Law School, Roger co-founded the St. Thomas Moore Law Society and later co-founded its larger law society with the Los Angeles Archdiocese which celebrates the annual Red Mass. He was a member of the American Bar Association (former chairman, condemnation committee, real property section), Los Angeles Bar Association (chairman 1970), and received the Loyola Law School Distinguished Alumni Award in 1989. He was chairman of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, president of both Serra International (Los Angeles) and the local Right to Life League, and member of the Ecumenical Commission of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He served on the boards of Catholic Charities, St. John of God Care Center, and the charitable group, Angels Flight. Roger was a long-time member of the Marymount High School board, where all five daughters graduated, he was also an active member of the Father's Club at Loyola High School where his only son Michael attended. He was chairman of the Board of Regents of Loyola Marymount University and chairman of the Board of Visitors of Loyola Law School. He was named a Papal Knight of Malta in 1988, and was later appointed to the Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory by Pope John Paul II. In 1996, he received the Archdiocese Cardinal's Award for his service to the community. A highlight of his legal career as an eminent domain attorney was his newsmaking front-page representation of the Gherini family. In 1999 a federal jury awarded in their favor after the National Park Service seized control of the Gherini's 6,300 acres of Santa Cruz Island. Roger is survived by his wife Jayne, sister Patricia Jones, five daughters, Kathleen (Kevin) McLaughlin, Theresa (Joseph) Harris, Maureen Sullivan, Mary (Richard) Gallivan, Carolyn Sullivan, and, son, Michael (Marybeth); 14 grandchildren: Erin, Patrick, Brigid, Helen, Terence, George, Riley, Seamus, Annie, Conor, Kieran, Tucker, Emma and Jack. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Catholic Charities, Loyola High School, and the Sisters of Social Service. The Funeral Mass celebrating his 90 years of life will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, December 10 at St. Monica Catholic Church, 701 California Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403. Gates, Kingsley, Gates, Culver City (310) 837-7121.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 4 to Dec. 5, 2016
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