In Memoriam: William F. Sullivan
Robert A. Murray
Colts Neck, New Jersey
Dr. Sullivan died November 11, 1992, at his home in Roseland, New Jersey. He was a retired research chemist. As a member of the American Rhododendron Society for over 30 years, Bill served as treasurer and as president of the New Jersey Chapter, was an associate member of the Tappan Zee and Princeton chapters, and was a member of the Nearing Committee. While president of the New Jersey Chapter, Bill initiated the Plant Exchange Program which eventually involved three chapters. The New Jersey Chapter recognized his many contributions by awarding him the Bronze Medal in 1990.
Bill was a true lover of rhododendrons. He collected over 1,100 varieties which he grew in his extensive hillside garden. He was an accomplished propagator with cuttings. He also enjoyed hybridizing and raising seed. Of his own hybrids, he named 'Trudy Sullivan' for his wife. He promoted rhododendrons tirelessly by hosting garden tours, by donating plants, and by giving talks to garden groups. Bill participated in Society activities by attending the local, regional, and national meetings at every opportunity. He was called upon frequently by chapters in the region to act as a judge at their truss shows. His friendship and enthusiasm will be missed by everyone who knew him.