John L. Sullivan, Sr.
Saint Simons Island, GA- St. Simons Island lost a true Southern Gentleman, Jack Sullivan, who died suddenly in his sleep on Sunday, April 26th.
Jack, a Macon native, graduated from Duke University with a degree in economics and the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, with a Master's in Business Administration. He served as a navigator in the Navy in the Far East during the Korean conflict and then later attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.
Jack spent 13 years in IBM in various marketing and sales management positions including Branch Manager, Director of Education and Assistant to the President. He became a District Manager in 1970 heading up all the government, education and medical installations in the Southeast. He was responsible for 10 Branch Offices including 900 people who served all of the NASA computer operations.
After leaving IBM, he was Vice President Marketing with Honeywell, Eastern Regional Manager with Memorex Corporation, Vice President Sales/Marketing for Computer Sciences Corporation and Executive Vice President for Automatic Data Processing.
In 1980 Jack joined Korn Ferry International, the world's largest executive recruiting firm where he specialized in high technology searches. He started with them in Los Angeles and later became Vice President and Managing Partner, New England residing in Boston.
Jack and his wife, Barbara, retired to St. Simons in 1996 after having spent two years cruising and living on their sailboat in the Caribbean and South America. Jack was very active in the St. Simons community. He was President of the Newcomers Club, a member of the Thursday lunch Roundtable, a Director of the Rotary Club, a member of the Sea Island Tennis Club, the St. Simons Land Trust and the Golden Isles Duplicate Bridge Club. Jack was an Eagle Scout and was listed in Who's Who in America.
Jack is survived by his wife, Barbara, his sister, Elizabeth Roche, and his four children: John, Kathy, Ted and Betsy, as well as 6 grandchildren: Sean, Kelly, Dunya, Lulu, Chloe and Nika.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. at St. Williams Catholic Church on Thursday, April 30th with Monsignor John Kenneally officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Jack can be made to the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra, P.O. Box 603, Brunswick, GA 31521. Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.edomillerandsons.com
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Published by The Telegraph on Apr. 28, 2015.