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Obituary for Peter Michael Sullivan, PhD

Peter Michael Sullivan (“Pete”), PhD, died on June 13, 2022 at 83 years of age following a year long illness. He was born on June 27, 1938 in Bayonne, New Jersey to Margaret V. Sullivan and John W. Sullivan who predeceased him. He grew up in Bayonne with his parents and his brother, John W. Sullivan.

In 1956, he graduated from Saint Benedict’s Preparatory Schoolin Newark, New Jersey. In 1960, Dr. Sullivan graduated from St. Peters College (now, university) in Jersey City, New Jersey with a B.S. in English. After serving in the United States Army, Dr. Sullivan attended the Johns Hopkins University, receiving a Ph.D. in German Literature in 1975.

For over 40 years, he taught as a German professor in the college system in the state of Pennsylvania. First, he worked at Mansfield State College, in Tioga, Pennsylvania. Next, for a brief time, he taught at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Finally, he spent the bulk of his career at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

While teaching, Professor Sullivan was especially proud of his research concerning the German influences on American author, Willa Cather. He published a number of articles and presented his papers on his scholarly research, nationally and internationally.

He married Friedrun A. Sullivan (nee Knauer) and had two children, Maureen C. Sullivan, D.O., and Joan F. Little (nee Sullivan) J.D. He and his wife later parted.

Peter Michael Sullivan leaves behind his brother and brother’s wife, John W. Sullivan and Veronica M. Sullivan, and their daughter, Susan Sullivan, and her son, Rowan Sullivan.

He also leaves his daughter, Maureen C. Sullivan, his daughter, Joan F. Little and her husband, David A. Little, his grandchildren, Samuel A. Little and Sarah F. Little.

Finally, he leaves behind his long-time companion, Margaret Welsh, her brothers, and her son, Devin Welsh and his family.

The family wishes to thank the 365 hospice staff for their excellent service and prompt response time 24 hours a day. In particular, special thanks to nurse, Jen Hockenos, and hygienist, Candy Coffman who were with us every step of the way.

Also, thanks to Indiana’s own, Dr. Bernard Coppolo, who went above and beyond his duties to make himself available to meet Dr. Sullivan’s needs. In addition, we thank Dr. Jan Drappatz, Dr. Nduka Amankulor, and the staff at the UPMC that treated Dr. Sullivan.

We wish to express our appreciation for the compassionate and prompt services provided by Rairigh-Bence Funeral Home & Crematory of Indiana.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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