Frances E. Sullivan
place: Orangeburg, SC
South Carolina, State University
Ph.D. City University of New York 1980
thesis: Wreath Products of Lie Algebra; Advisor: Gilbert Baumslag
Prior to joining the faculty at Clemson she served on the mathematics faculty at Jackson State University in Mississippi.
Frances Sullivan grew up in Orangeburg SC. Her parents were connected with South Carolina State University (Professor McNewton Sullivan, Sr). She went to school in Orangeburg and graduated from SC State -- annual editor and all sorts of honors. Given the dates, she likely attended segregated schools. Thus you get a proud record of moving from segregated schools to professor at the state's strongest university.
While she was a single divorces mom in graduate school in NYC, Francis contacted kidney disease and lost both kidneys. Two attempted kidney transplants failed. She spent her whole professional life dependent on dialysis machines - 28 years while she had a very successful career in mathematics. She died Friday, December 14, 2007.
Note. Though I had heard about Dr. Sullivan 10 years ago, I had no idea where she was locatd, or how to contact her. It was until I went sent a bried obit did I learn she has bee at Clemson. I had help with this bio from a friend, Dr. John Kenelly Treasurer, Mathematical Association of America
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