Timothy E. Sullivan PhD Obituary

Timothy Edward Sullivan, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the economics department at Towson University, Baltimore, Maryland died peacefully at his home in Baltimore on August 27. He was 67 years old.

Family and friends remember and love Tim as a generous, kind and intellectually curious man. Towson University from 1989. Having taught virtually every course offered by the Department of Economics, Prof. Sullivan served as chair of the department from 2007 to 2013 and stepped in again to serve as interim chair in 2021. Additionally, he was the longest-serving Towson University Senate chair of history (2004–2011) and president of the Towson University chapter of the American Association of University Teachers (1998– 2003). Tim was honored in 2013 by receiving the President’s Distinguished Service Award at Towson University, only the second College of Business and Economics faculty member to receive the prestigious award.

The list of organizations that have awarded her scholarship includes the American Economic Association, Economic History Association, Economic History Society, International Association for Feminist Economics, European Historical Economics Society, Economists for Peace and Security, the American Association of University Professors. , among others. Timothy Edward Sullivan was born in Oak Park, Illinois on July 26, 1955, the fifth in a family of eight children of James E. and Lois K. Sullivan. With the family moving to Indiana soon after, Tim grew up in South Bend and then Elkhart, Indiana, before the Sullivan family moved again and settled in Rockford, Illinois. At Rockford, Tim attended Saint Peter’s Elementary School, Roosevelt Junior High School and West Senior HS where he excelled as a member of the cross country, track and swim teams. After graduating from West HS in 1973, he attended Eastern Illinois University majoring in economics. At Eastern Tim again proved his athletic excellence by earning All-American honors in NCAA Division 2 swimming competitions for the breaststroke, a particularly notable citation in that he won as an athlete not scholarship. Tim went on to earn his master’s degree at Eastern Illinois, then a master’s degree, then a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, all with degrees in economics. Tim has taught at Western Illinois University, University of Illinois, Eastern Illinois, Wellesley College in Massachusetts, Elon College in North Carolina, and then Towson University.

A lifelong avid reader, Tim Sullivan’s knowledge was broad and inclusive. His enthusiasms were many. He enjoyed cooking and gardening, sharing the delights of both with friends and neighbors. Tim loved travel – Mackinaw Island in northern Michigan, England and Italy being his favorites – and was especially happy to share all of that joy with the love of his life, Cindy.

His devotion to his family and friends was appreciated by all.

Tim is survived by his beloved wife Cindy F. Sullivan (née Frey). He was the devoted son of Lois K. Sullivan (née Klem) and the late James E. Sullivan; beloved brother of James R. Sullivan (Cheryl), Thomas Sullivan, Robert Sullivan (Pat), Julie Sullivan, Daniel Sullivan (Lori), Katharine Sullivan and the late Peggy Sullivan. Tim was the cherished brother-in-law of Jim Frey, Mary Maenner and Jennifer Stangl (Brian); also leaves to mourn many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, colleagues and friends.

“Good night, sweet prince. And flights of angels sing your rest.

Services for Timothy Edward Sullivan will be private.

In lieu of flowers, family and friends may wish to make contributions to House of Ruth, Maryland and the Maryland Food Bank.

A celebration of Tim Sullivan’s life will be held in Rockford later this fall with a time and location to be determined and announced.

Posted on September 02, 2022

Posted in Rockford Register Star

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