Janet Wright Sullivan and George Sullivan Memorial Poetry Collection Fund Now Available

Janet Wright Sullivan and George Sullivan Memorial Poetry Collection Fund Now Available

Director of Library Services, Carol Terry, recently made the following announcement to the RISD community: “I’m pleased to let you know that The Janet Wright Sullivan and George Sullivan Memorial Poetry Collection Fund is now available for our use.”

Terry continued by stating that the fund “is designated to provide resources for the Library to enhance its poetry and literature collections. Janet Sullivan had set up a gift fund in the name of her husband with the promise of a $10,000 bequest to the library after her death, which occurred in July 2009. In giving the donation to RISD, her son asked that her name be added to the fund and that its purpose be expanded to include literature as well as poetry. Funds realized from this investment are around $500/year. We are pleased to have stewardship of this gift to honor our colleagues and look forward to your requests.”

Janet Wright Sullivan, Instructor, Department of English, was born on July 18, 1926 in New Orleans, Louisiana and died July 11, 2009 in Amherst, New Hampshire. She received her BA from Barnard and her MA from Brown University. Janet taught at RISD from 1956 until retiring in 1980. On occasion she team-taught with her husband George Sullivan, Professor of English. George served as Director of the European Honors Program in 1964/65 and 1965/66; Janet co-served as historian, tour guide, and organizational genius. As was fitting for their mission, George and Janet sailed aboard the Leonardo DaVinci on their trip to assume their duties in Rome. Mrs. Sullivan was beloved for her wit and expansive hospitality. She is survived by her son Dr. Phillip Wright Sullivan, a psychiatrist practicing in Nashua, NH.