The Life of Francis Joseph Sullivan

Francis Joseph Sullivan (Frank), a dedicated family man and public servant, died on August 16, 2023 in Alexandria, Virginia.

Frank was born on October 8, 1932 in Boston to Otilly and Francis Joseph Sullivan. Frank is survived by the love of his life, Patricia Hogan Sullivan, his wife of 68 years, as well as his five children: David Sullivan, Kathy (Lee) Terry, Martha (Robert) Jones, Patrick (Teresa) Sullivan, and Peter (Sheila Herriott) Sullivan. He was also the beloved “Papa” to eight grandchildren: Syd (Larkin Parker) Terry, Elizabeth (Ryan) Dolan, Sarah Terry, Christopher Jones, Carolyn (Jonathan) Rhea, Cathryn Jones, Nicholas Sullivan and Kathleen (Travis) Jones and two great-grandchildren Patch Dolan and Audrey Rhea. Besides his wife and family, Frank loved fishing, the Boston Red Sox (his first employer), and everything Irish. Frank was a lifelong Catholic with great faith in the hope of eternal life.

Frank attended Boston Latin School and received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Boston College. His lifelong service to his country started with the U.S. Army, followed by work on the first use of military digital computers at Western Electric. Frank continued his public service with the U.S. Army Management Logistics Center, the Department of Defense and the United States Senate. He retired from Capitol Hill in 1989 after having served as Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and then the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee. He then served as a member of the Executive Panel for the Chief of Naval Operations, the Defense Science Board, the Defense Practices Board, the Board of Directors of the Stennis Center for Public Service and was a Senior Fellow with the Center for Naval Analysis.

Visitation is Monday, August 28 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home in Alexandria.

A Funeral Mass will be offered on Tuesday, August 29, 2023 at 11:00 am, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Alexandria.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to a charity of your choice.



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