Raymond Sidney Sullivan | 1915-1987
Captain, Supply Corps, US Navy | Cook, Sportsman and Writer
  • Born in Miami, Missouri June 6, 1915
    Father: Dr. Frank H. Sullivan (1872-1944), Grandfather: Dr. A.H.W. Sullivan (1841-1935), Greatgrandfather: Samuel Wells Sullivan (1820-1912), Great-greatgrandfather: Samuel Wells Sullivan (1777-1860)
    Mother: Ethel Irene Casebolt Sullivan (1883-1966), Grandfather: Edward Seal Casebolt (1834-1908), Greatgrandfather: William Casebolt (1787-1865)
    First Wife (1937): Georgia Belle Sykes Sullivan (1917-1967)
    Second Wife (1968): Bonnie May Sykes Edwards Sullivan (1916-2001)
    Children: Sidney West, William Beaumont
  • Miami High School 1933 -- Valedictorian, lettered basketball 4 years
  • Missouri Valley College 1937 -- Magna Cum Laude, lettered basketball 4 years, baseball 3 years, Pi Gamma Mu, Alpha Delta Kappa, Student Senate
1937-43Credit Manager, Wilson Sporting Goods, Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri. Played league basketball and softball for Wilson and Gold Bond.
1943-46Commissioned Ensign, Supply Corps, US Naval Reserve. Attended Harvard University, served at Great Lakes; Walnut Ridge, Arkansas and in Philippine Theater. Released from active duty.
1947-54Commissioned Lieutenant, Supply Corps, regular Navy. Served in New Orleans; Panama Canal Zone; Point Mugu, California; served as Supply Officer on USS Iowa (BB-61) in Korean Waters and at Naval Air Station, Astoria, Oregon.
1955Earned Masters in Business Administration from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor -- second in class with 3.91 average. Spent 3 months with General Motors, military intern program.
1956-58Served as Depot Planning Officer, Naval Supply Depot, Guam. Coached Depot basketball team which won All-Island Championship. Promoted to Commander, Supply Corps in 1958.
1958-61Served as Contracting Officer for Defense Atomic Support Agency, Washington DC.
1961-63Served as Supply Officer on USS Jason (AR-8) in Vietnamese Theater. Coached ship's basketball team which, in 1962, won 47 games and lost 1.
USS Jason BasketBall Team, 1962
1963-66Served as Director of Purchase Division, Aviation Supply Office, Philadelphia. Promoted to Captain, Supply Corps in 1964.
1966-70Served as Commander, Defense Contract Administration Services Region, St. Louis. Administered Navy, Army, Air Force and NASA contracts, supervised 1600 civilian and military personnel in 8 state area.
NAVY MEDALS AND AWARDSUS Navy Legion of Merit, Korean Service, Asiatic Pacific Campaign, Liberation of the Philippines, National Defense Services, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, President's Council on Youth Opportunity, US Navy Award of Esteem
Retired with second wife Bonnie to Miami, Missouri October 1, 1970
  • Set up Georgia Sykes Sullivan memorial scholarship at Missouri Valley College
  • Helped establish Miami Community Center and Riverside Park
  • Was inducted into Missouri Valley College Hall of Fame for basketball
  • Continued to hunt, fish, cook and write
Died in Tucson, Arizona March 5, 1987. Buried in Miami Cemetery.
Writing Samples
My wife thinks it dandy
For me to be handy
When bills she is putting
Before me for footing.
Bass Plug
I wish I could fish it
Where more fish would wish it.
Confirmed Groveler
(Kansas City Star)
What matter if the worm does turn
In anger or in shame?
His size, his shape, his character
At both ends are the same.
Paradoxically Speaking
(Kansas City Star)
To be quite blunt
(Perhaps unkind),
One finds the front
At home behind.
Steady Job
(Kansas City Star)
A farmer's life is quite secure,
There's really nothing to it,
He doesn't have to look for work --
He only has to do it!
Still Here
Though troubles have multiplied
Man has outsat em
From Adam to Eve
And Eve to atom.
As Usual
This season, it seems,
Is run of the mill.
Though the fish will not,
The mosquitoes will.
Blankety-Blank Verse
Most poetry, today it seems,
Just straggles on for reams and reams
And as a symbol of our time
Neither has reason nor has rhyme.
No Long-Term Leases
For "meaningful relationships"
Today, it seems the fun
Lies strictly in the moving in --
Or moving out of one.
Those Good Old Days!
(Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest)
Remember the bookkeeper
Perched on his stool,
Green eyeshade tilted,
Quill for a tool?
He wasn't too fast,
But nowhere in town
Did you hear the excuse
"Our computer is down."
Where There's a Will
(Wall Street Journal)
They hate to spend and love to save,
Those miserly old investors --
But nevertheless, some future day
They will have made great ancestors!
RECIPES from the Captain | Ahnentafel Report compiled by Patrick Sullivan


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