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Sullivan, PhD, Charles Larry Garrison

Sullivan, PhD, Charles Larry Garrison

May 23, 1944 — January 9, 2019

Charles Larry Garrison Sullivan, PhD

Larry went home to rest in the arms of his Lord at 1 p.m. on January 9, 2019. He was born on May 23, 1944 to Charles and Charlotte Sullivan in Pittsburgh, PA. He attended undergraduate school at the University of Pittsburgh, received his PhD from Case Western and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Kansas prior to moving to Avila University in Kansas City. He taught Chemistry and rose to become Dean of the College of Science and Health over his 47 years with the university, and he specialized in pre-medical advising and mentoring of students in science and medical disciplines.  Larry is recognized across the United States for his leadership roles and won many awards in national health organizations. He was recruited by the UMKC-SoM to consult on their new PA degree program.

Larry was involved in local public health and artistic concerns. He was the past president of GLISN and for many years ran the health hotline for the organization. He was a past president of NAAHP, and the Opera Guild of Lyric Opera Kansas City. Larry and his husband, Dr. Thomas Garrison Sullivan, traveled extensively across the globe for both work and pleasure.

Larry is survived by Thomas Garrison Sullivan of the home and Bella, Larry’s therapy dog, sister Charmain Yurkovich (Bill) of Wexford, PA, nephews Erik (great-nephew Cole) and Jason Yurkovich (wife Liz, great-nephews Zach and Ryan and great-niece Ella) of Pittsburgh, PA.

Services will be held at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City, MO on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Private interment after a reception at the Cathedral. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Wayside Waifs or to a scholarship established in Larry's memory by Avila University which may be found at https://www.avila.edu/dr-larry-garrison-sullivan.

Service Information

Services will be held at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City, MO Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Private interment after reception.

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So sorry to hear about Larry. I remember him fondly from my time working at Avila, 1998-2006, and know how loved he was by the student body and his colleagues, myself included. Great guy, always cheerful, and always willing to help. God will welcome him for a job well done and we will be left to follow the wonderful example he set for us all.

Joe Deighton

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