Dr. Mark W. Sullivan ’50 passed away on December 26, 2010 in Santa Cruz, Calif. Dedicated scholar, civic leader, husband and father, Sullivan headed the Philosophy Department, then chaired the Division of Humanities at Notre Dame de Namur University from 1952-1995. Mark W. Sullivan was born on January 3, 1927 to San Mateo County Chief Assistant District Attorney Daniel E. Sullivan and his wife Emma Brawn, the fifth of their eight children. Sullivan graduated early from Redwood City’s Sequoia High School to serve his country in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre of the War where he achieved the rank of sergeant major at age 19. When World War II ended, he resumed his studies earning a B.A. in philosophy from Santa Clara University in 1950, a M.A. in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 1951, and a Ph.D. in philosophy and humanities from Stanford University in 1964. Additionally, he authored Apuleian Logic, a book published in the distinguished international series, Studies in Logic and the Foundations of Mathematics. On the strength of being named "Mr. Democrat of San Mateo County" by the Democratic Central Committee, he entered the political arena by winning nomination of his party for the House of Representatives for the 11th Congressional District in 1964 and again in 1966. He continued supporting candidates and volunteering his services to them all of his life. In retirement, Mark Sullivan served on Capitola’s Arts Commission for several years. Beyond academia and service, Sullivan was a family man who with his beloved wife Kathleen, reared five children in San Mateo, Calif.. The Sullivan family spent his sabbaticals camping in over twenty countries. Summers were spent in Capitola where Sullivan enjoyed reading, politics, tennis and body surfing at Sunny Cove. Mark is survived by his wife of 54 years, Kathleen, children Leslie, Claudia, Caitlin, Adam and Constance, and eleven grandchildren.


08 Nov 2018