Gilbert J. Sullivan

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Gilbert J. "Gilly" Sullivan (born July 5, 1928 in Fredericksburg, VA,[1] died January 5, 2009 in Charlottesville, VA[2]) was the longtime director of the University of Virginia Alumni Association for 35 years. Appointed to the position in 1958 after the retirement of J. Malcolm "Mack" Luck, Sullivan remained in the position until his retirement in 1993.[3] During his years at the Alumni Association, he helped develop the Virginia Student Aid Foundation (now the Virginia Athletics Foundation) and significant expansion of the Jefferson Scholars Program.[2]

Sullivan attended the University as an undergraduate and received his B.S. in Commerce in 1948. While a student he was a varsity quarterback in football and was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, T.I.L.K.A., the Z Society, the Raven Society, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon social fraternity.[4]

Sullivan was a director emeritus of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation[5] and a trustee emeritus of the University of Virginia College of Arts & Sciences Foundation.[6] Additionally, he served in the United States National Guard,[2] attaining the rank of Major General and serving as the brigade commander of the 116th Infantry Regiment from 1983 to 1985.[7]

In his years as director of the alumni association, Sullivan was remembered for assisting numerous students, both individually and through assistance to student organizations. Three scholarships in his name continue that tradition. The Gilbert J. Sullivan Scholarship is awarded every year by the UVA Parents Committee to a current, non-legacy rising third year student who currently receives financial aid from the Office of Financial Aid and has a demonstrated record of citizenship, leadership, academic achievement and financial need.[8] The Z Society endows a Gilbert J. Sullivan Internship Scholarship, awarded to a returning undergraduate student and "intended to provide an opportunity to take a summer internship otherwise unattainable because of financial constraints."[9] Also, the Jefferson Scholars Foundation maintains an endowed scholarship in the name of Ann Vernon and Gilbert J. Sullivan.[10]

Other organizations honor Sullivan's memory. The Gilbert J. Sullivan Distinguished Service Award, awarded "to an individual whose tireless efforts, selfless dedication, and continuing support have contributed in a significant way to the success of the Virginia Glee Club," is named in honor of Sullivan's efforts to ensure the Virginia Glee Club's continued existence when it separated from the McIntire Department of Music in the late 1980s.[11]


  1. ^ "Gilbert Sullivan". 2009-01-08. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  2. ^ a b c "Gilly Sullivan, Former U.Va. Alumni Association Director, Has Died". UVA Today. 2009-01-06. Archived from the original on 2012-12-12. Retrieved 2009-01-07. 
  3. ^ "Sullivan to Retire From Alumni Association". Inside UVA. 1993-08-13. Archived from the original on 2006-09-11. 
  4. ^ Dabney, Virginius (1981). Mr. Jefferson's University: A History. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press. p. 398. ISBN 0-8139-0904-X. 
  5. ^ "National Advisory Board". Jefferson Scholars Foundation. Archived from the original on 2008-05-26. Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  6. ^ "Trustees emeritus". The College Foundation, U.Va. Retrieved 2008-05-13. 
  7. ^ "Brigade Commanders". 116th Infantry Regiment. Archived from the original on 2012-02-06. Retrieved 2011-10-18. 
  8. ^ "Gilbert J. Sullivan Scholarship". UVA Parents Committee. Retrieved 2008-05-13. 
  9. ^ "The Z Society's Gilbert J. Sullivan Internship Scholarship Application" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-06-03. Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  10. ^ "Endowments". Jefferson Scholars Foundation. Archived from the original on 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  11. ^ "Gilbert J. Sullivan Award" (PDF). Virginia Glee Club Alumni and Friends Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2011-11-29.