Sully's Profile
Sully's Record
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      Frank B. "Sully" Sullivan was a very well-respected leader in the deaf world for many years.  As a long-time Grand President of the National Fraternal Society of the Deaf, he had contacts with many fraternal members in the USA and Canada through the Society's large number of divisions.

     He was also a staunch advocate of the deaf to live independently, to have the right to drive, and to have close-captioned programs on their TV's.   His business acumen was well known, and he served on numerous boards (principally the National Captioning Institute in Virginia and the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees.)

  • Born in Butte, Montana
  • Deafened at age 10
  • Graduated from Montana School for the Deaf, 1936
  • Graduated from Gallaudet College, B.A., 1941
  • Teacher, South Dakota School for the Deaf, 1941-42
  • Teacher, West Virginia School for the Deaf, 1942-44
  • Inspector, Firestone Tire and Rubber Co., Akron, OH, 1944-45
  • Clerk, NFSD Oak Park Home Office, 1945-48
  • Assistant Grand Secretary – Treasurer, 1948-57
  • Grand Secretary – Treasurer, 1957-67
  • Grand President, 17 years, 1967-84
  • Faculty Member, DePaul University, Chicago, 1965-70
  • Awarded Honorary Doctorate from Gallaudet University, 1978
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Gallaudet University, 1965-89; Emeritus
  • Member, Board of Directors, National Captioning Institute, 1980-93
  • Consultant, National Captioning Institute, 1984-97