Joseph Sullivan

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Contributor to the Melrose Mirror


Joe Sullivan was born at the Melrose Hospital on July 19, 1930. He grew up in Malden and was educated in its public school system. He graduated form Malden High School in 1948 and was president of both his Junior and Senior Class. He was drafted in March 1952 and was sent to Korea where he was a member of the 25th Division's 8th Field Artillery Battalion where he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. He had the unique experience of participating in one of the longest trips back to the states when his troop ship left Pusan and sailed half way around the world before docking in New York harbor 43 days later. The China Sea, Indian Ocean and Suez Canal were part of the route required to deliver home the UN troops from Greece, Turkey and Belgium, who like the 956 GI's were passengers on the ship.

After being released from the Army on December 24, 1953 he entered Boston College the following January taking advantage of an accelerated course offered to recently released veterans like him. He graduated cum laude in May 1957 and was the recipient of the Marketing and Sullivan awards. His business career includes stints with Tedeschi's Super Markets, Stop & Shop and Bradlees where he held advertising responsibilities. In January 1965 he joined Sylvania Lighting's Consumer Products division where he eventually became Marketing Operations Manager. He worked for Sylvania for 28 years, retiring in June 1993 as part of a buyout offer.

He was married to Jean M. Heffernan of South Boston. Mrs. Sullivan died in June 2003; they were married 45 years. They have five children Tony, Bobby, Jane, Neal and Dave. There are currently nine grandchildren, Megan Anne, Sammy Jean, Kailey, Allie, Danny and Patrick Sullivan and Johnny, Kate and Ellen Nickodemus. The latter three are direct descendants of Dr. Samuel Mudd who was arrested by the Union Cavalry the day after he set the broken leg of a patient who turned out to be John Wilkes Booth. Mr. Booth was fleeing the Ford Theater where he had shot President Abraham Lincoln.


Additional Articles by Joe Sullivan:

id 11972 The Korea awakening -- Features 5/5/06
id 12046 Melrose Free Press headline ill-timed -- Social Commentary 5/5/06
id 12119 Wait a minute - I'll take another look -- Storm 6/2/06
id 11974 The last shot in Korea - decision time -- Features 7/7/06
id 12554 Melrose battleground for bundled services -- Features 9/1/06
id 12706 A turn of events -- Features 10/06/06
id 12954 Pater Noster -- Features 12/1/06
id 12893 Who's who at Mike Festa's lawn party -- Features 12/1/06
id 13049 The freshman -- Feature 2/2/07
id 13334 Hat Guys -- Feature 4/6/07
id 13587 Law firm selected for Park Commission -- Feature 6/1/07
id 13822 The Park Commission gamble that saved Mt. Hood -- Feature 8/3/07
id 14049 When the dog had his day -- Features 10/5/07
id 14446 Pearl Harbor -- Remembering WWII 12/7/07
id 14436 How the Park Commission chose the Mt. Hood Manager --Features 12/7/07
id 14433 Following Yonder Star --Features 12/7/07
id 14547 Main Street Melrose....the Wal-Mart of calories --Features 2/1/08
id 14671 OP Two Five Roger --Features 3/7/08
id 14737 A sweet surprise --Features 4/4/08
id 14856 'The Coldest Winter'.. David Halberstam's last book --Review 5/2/08
id 14992 A Silver Stringer's excellent adventure --Features 7/4/08
id 15203 Working in the fields of the Lord --Features 9/3/08
id 15261 An airport meeting continues an unrecognized ongoing ritual --Features 11/7/08
id 15494 Ellen the plumber --Features 12/5/08
id 15672 Melrose residents speak out at a Stoneham Public Hearing about Ravine Road --Features 2/6/09
id 15738 Brotheer, can you spare a mortgage? --Social Commentary 3/6/09
id 15950 Park Commission retains top-notch consultant for Feasibility Study --Features 6/5/09
id 16010 Park Commission reviews initial recommendations of feasibility study with Mount Hood Golfers --Features 7/3/09
id 16087 Consultant updates Mt. Hood feasibility study for Park Commission --Features 8/7/09
id 16155 Lack of political-action muscle hurt Mt. Hood golfers --Social Commentary 9/4/09
id 16205 Proposed athletic field turns into a hot topic --Features 10/2/09
id 16305 Mt. Hood function rooms to be air-conditioned --Features 11/6/09
id 16378 City takes $200,000 from Mt. Hood golf operations --Features 12/4/09
id 16413 After fifty three years, an old soldier pays a debt --Features 1/1/10
id 16522 167-foot Wind Turbine under consieration for Mount Hood --Features 2/5/10
id 16509
How the Dudes taught me to talk Texas --Features 2/5/10
id 16611 Why an athletic field at Mount Hood is a long shot --Social Commentary 3/5/10
id 12706 A turn of events -- Features 5/7/10
id 16688 For it's hi! hi! hee! in tthe field artillery --Features 6/4/10
id 16909 Mount Happy --Features 6/4/10
id 17150 The soldier who cried --Features 8/6/10
id 17000 Doctor Samuel Mudd most famous case --Features 9/3/10
id 17457 Do the golfers at Mount Hood need to establish a 'Tea Party?' --Commentary 11/5/10
id 17829 Nobody is asking the tough questions about the Mount Hood funding of the new athletic field complex --Commentary 3/4/11
id 17900 And don't come back no more, no more. --Features 4/1/11
id 18026 Special legislation that denies protection of Mass General Laws
lets city get at Mount Hood Golf Course money
--Commentary 5/6/11
id 18043 D-Day sixth of June --Features 6/3/11
id 18345 Park Commissioners seek own financial adviser --Commentary 8/5/11
id 18507 Does our city governmemt have a Department... --Commentary
id 18782Sixty -four rainy days cut Mount Hood's golf revenue --Features 12/2/11
id 18880The accidental apostle --Feature 1/6/12
id 18954Mount Hood Course revenue lowest --S&P Commentary 2/3/12
id 19080Who pays when the golf course can't --Features 4/6/12
id 19162Will the $69 million payout include you? --S&P Commentary 5/4/12
id 19329Does city have more secret plans for unspent Mount Hood Reserve Fund? --S&P Commentary 7/6/12
id 19470Park Commission aims to select golf course manager by end of August --S&P Commentary 8/3/12
id 19534Where, please, is the 'park' at Mount Hood --S&P Commentary 9/7/12
id 19809Reappointment of Mount Hood Golf Course grinds to its completion -- S&P Commentary 11/2/12
id 19879Following Yonder Star -- Feature 12/7/12
id 19979New High School running track has neither -- S&P Commentary 1/4/13
id 20045 The Park Commission's stand-up guy steps down -- S&P Commentary 2/1/13
id 20046 The T. Boone Pickens Melrose Red Raiders -- S&P Commentary 2/1/13
id 20149 Was the Mayor's raise a case of "show me the money? -- S&P Commentary 3/1/13
id 20219 Shaver O'Brien's biggest fight -- Feature 4/5/13
id 20208 The Divine Presence -- Feature 4/5/13
id 20326 Waiting for the Dogface parade -- Features 5/3/13
id 20437High School running track never included in plans for new high school fields -- S&P Commentary 7/5/13
id 20537 Who pays if the golf course can't? -- S&P commentary 8/2/13
id 20640 The city's five million dollar switch -- S&P commentary 9/6/13