James F. Sullivan (1943-2015)

Photo of James wearing shirt and tie with glasses

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Prof. James F. Sullivan, who was a faculty member in the Department of Physics from 2010 until his retirement in Spring 2015, and who had a long 42 year history of teaching Physics at the College of Applied Science (CAS) at the University of Cincinnati.  

Jim was Cincinnati native who attended St Xavier High School and received both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Physics from  Xavier University before taking a position teaching Physics at CAS in 1968.  He was an avid amateur small plane pilot and ham radio operator and loved taking cruises around the world with his family and friends.  He was Head of the Department of Mathematics and Physics at CAS from 2002 to 2010, and was one of the original leaders who formed the Southern Ohio Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (SOS-AAPT) in 1984.  He held a number of leadership positions with SOS-AAPT since 1984, and organized at least five conferences held in Cincinnati, the last in 2013.  Jim was named a fellow of the Ohio Academy of Science in 2000 and received the John B. Hart Award for Professional Service by SOS-AAPT in 2001.  Jim was on the board of the UC/AAUP in the 1990’s and was Chief Negotiator for the 1995 contract.  After the merger of CAS with the College of Engineering in 2010, Jim joined the Department of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences and taught both Algebra-based General Physics and Calculus-based College Physics, working with a large number of students and helping with the department’s efforts to increase active engagement in our introductory physics classrooms.  He was well liked by both students and faculty and will be sorely missed.

Link: "Memorial, the American Association of Physics Teachers"