Lawrence Joseph Sullivan


Lawrence Joseph Sullivan, a resident of Fords’ Colony in Williamsburg, Virginia, and Northampton Colony in Sag Harbor, died on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

He was the son of Lawrence Joseph Sullivan and Margaret O’Brien Sullivan. Born in Manhattan on March 22, 1932, Mr. Sullivan is survived by his wife, Jo-Ann, his son Andrew, and grandchild, Caroline. He is also survived by his sister, Virginia, and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Sullivan graduated from Marist Preparatory school in 1950 and joined the Marist Brothers. In 1954, he graduated from Marist College where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin. He taught at St. Helena in the Bronx and was also the Dean of Students there during his tenure. At St. Helena, he was known as “Archie.” Mr. Sullivan went on to study in Rome and was part of the Vatican council.

Mr. Sullivan attended Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. where he earned a Master’s degree in Theology. He then joined the faculty at Marist College. IN 1973, he left the Marist Brothers, and three years later he married JoAnn Carlin Weiss. He remained on the faculty of Marist College. From Iona, he received a degree in Pastoral Counseling. Until his retirement in 2001, Mr. Sullivan taught and chaired the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Marist College.

He attended New York University and in 1980 was awarded a doctorate in Religion-Theology (ABD). The next decade found Mr. Sullivan at Rutgers University studying for certification to … and Alcohol counselor. He spent many hours helping students and their families at Marist College. He served on numerous committees and was chosen as Teacher of the Year. In 2003, Mr. Sullivan was named a Heritage Professor Emeritus of Marist College.

Upon retirement, Mr. Sullivan and Jo-Ann moved to Williamsburg, Virginia for the winter where he volunteered as a counsel for students attending the College of William and Mary.

Funeral services were held at St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church on Monday, August 14, followed by a mass of Christian Burial. Mr. Sullivan was put to rest in the St. Andrew cemetery.

Donations may be made in his memory to the Lawrence J. Sullivan/Patricia Connelly Scholarship Fund, Marist College, 3399 North Road, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601.