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Remembering Dr. Larry Garrison Sullivan 1944 - 2019

Remembering Dr. Larry Garrison Sullivan

Remembering Dr. C. Larry Garrison Sullivan

Dean of the College of Science and Health, Dr. C. Larry Garrison Sullivan began his career at Avila College teaching chemistry and advising Avila's pre-health professions students in 1973. Over the past 46 years, Dr. Garrison Sullivan dedicated himself to making Avila University and its health and science programs highly-regarded, and its students highly sought after. 

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Garrison Sullivan received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He was active in numerous professional associations, including serving as past president of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions. As an instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, department chair, dean, advisor, mentor and friend, Dr. Garrison Sullivan guided thousands of students along their paths. He received the Father Joseph L. Walter Awards and the Carol Bafee-Dugan Awards for his contribution to the advising community, and the Avila Medal of Honor for his dedication to the University and its mission. Held in high esteem by his peers across the country, Dr. Garrison Sullivan won many awards from national health organizations and represented Avila University with pride. 

Dr. Garrison Sullivan will be remembered with much joy for his many gifts of wisdom, insight, and inspiration. He touched the lives of so many. His loss leaves a hole in the Avila community. Through the lives of the students, faculty, colleagues, and friends that he has inspired, Dr. Garrison Sullivan will not be forgotten at Avila University, nor far beyond.


Services will be held at

Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City, Missouri

Saturday, February 9, 2019 

10 a.m. 

Private interment after the reception.


You can find Dr. Garrison Sullivan's obituary here.


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Make a Gift in Memory of Dr. Larry Garrison Sullivan

In response to those alumni wanting to remember Dr. Garrison Sullivan, we have created, with Tom Garrison Sullivan's blessing, a fund in his memory. The use of the C. Larry Garrison Sullivan, Ph.D. Scholarship Fund will be decided with Tom at a later date.

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