Robert James "Bob" Sullivan was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on May 18, 1919, the son of Irish immigrants Mary and Patrick Sullivan. Bob earned his degree in Engineering from Worchester Polytechnic Institute, and in 1941 he enlisted in the National Guard Corps of Engineers. He later conducted research and development for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and for Cambridge Air Force Labortories, served in Europe as Technical Advisor to NATO for the United States, and later was Director of Fairchild Controls Corporation.
Bob and his wife Maudine (a Norwegian beauty queen in her youth) operated his mineral specimen dealership, Geological Specimens International, from Zurich, Switzerland beginning in 1971. He wrote a "What's new" column ("Letter from Europe") for the Mineralogical Record from 1977 to 1982. Bob and Maudine moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1978, following his retirement from corporate life, but continued to operate their mineral business and to travel extensively for many years. They could always be found at the Tucson Show, Detroit Show and other major shows until illness overtook Bob in 1995. He died in Tucson on February 29, 1996.
WILSON, W.E. (1996) Died, Robert (Bob) James Sullivan, 77. Mineralogical Record, 27. 242.
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