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William J. Sullivan

1921 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
William J. Sullivan Obituary
March 2, 1921 - November 26, 2017 Bill Sullivan, 96, of Brentwood, enjoyed a long, full life. Born in Dunkirk, N.Y., son of the town doctor and nurse, Bill attended MIT to pursue aeronautical engineering. School was interrupted by Pearl Harbor and Bill enlisted in the Army Air Corps, became an expert in navigation, and flew B-17s in WW II. After surviving 25 bombing missions, Bill transferred to the Air Transport Command and transported dignitaries (Eisenhower) and celebrities (Marlene Dietrich) during the final war years. After the war, Bill attended medical school in Buffalo, N.Y., and then headed to Los Angeles for residency and warmer winters. Bill practiced psychiatry and later, forensic psychiatry. Bill married Caroline Lemke in 1960 and they had two children, Deidre and Shawn. They traveled by small plane across the country and to Mexico. Skiing, hunting, skin diving, Euclidian geometry, tennis, and astronomy were some of Bill's passions. Carol was an adventurous, athletic, and eager companion. 1n 1998, Carol passed away suddenly and Bill was devastated until he remarried in 2001 to Fay Blair. Bill and Fay enjoyed their motor home and world travel. Bill retired at 84, played tennis until he was 85, and then came a passionate and highly competitive bridge player. Bill is survived by his second wife, Fay, children Deidre and Shawn, grandson Ryan, brother Nelson, and stepchildren Francis Blair and Hilda Blair. Per his wishes, Bill will be cremated with his ashes scattered at sea. Family and friends are invited to celebrate his life in any fashion they choose and look into the night sky and become one with the expanding universe. A memorial service will be held at a later date still to be determined.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 2 to Dec. 3, 2017
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