• Who was Kate Sullivan?
    Tallahassee, FL Monday Afternoon March 23, 1953
    (as was seen in the local newspaper) 
  • Kate Sullivan was a teacher for 47 Years

    Miss Kate Sullivan, beloved Leon County teacher for nearly half a century, died last night at her home, 503 Beard St.

    Miss Sullivan, a native of Tallahassee, retired in 1948, and was honored at ceremonies in December of that year when the Kate Sullivan School on Miccosukee Road was named for her. She realized her ambition to see the school complete and classes being conducted in it.

    Affectionately known as "Miss Kate," the kindly teacher taught in elementary grades and particularly English classes for most of her 47-year teaching career. She said one of the greatest rewards of her life was seeing former pupils become leading citizens in this and other cities.

    Guided Pupils
    As a hobby, Miss Kate counseled students about their life's work and urged them to decide early on their careers. She kept college catalogs handy in her office for the reference of pupils.

    Leon School Supt. Amos Godby said today "I'm sure that all of Miss Kate's former students, fellow workers and school officials, join me in paying tribute to her for the many years of service and the contributions she made to the Leon County school system during her lifetime."

    Miss Sullivan was the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip M. Sullivan. She was graduated from college here and in 1937 gained a lifetime teachers' certificate.

    She is survived by a sister, Miss Mattie Sullivan of Tallahassee, and by cousins in Jacksonville, Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Ball, Mr. and Mrs. Roy McRae and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Ball.

    Funeral Services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Tuesday from the home on Beard St. with Rev. Jeffrey Alfriend of St. John's Episcopal Church officiating. Burial will be in Episcopal cemetery.

    Pallbearers will be John Ausley, Steve Yates, LeRoy Collins, Julian Alford, Harry Van Brunt, Kenneth Collins, Talbot Whitfield, W. K. Whitfield, Bill Marshall, Douglas Henderson and Wayne Ashmore.

Miss Kate Sullivan at the school dedication, 1948.

Kate Sullivan teacher

Miss Kate Sullivan and sister, Miss Mattie Sullivan

Kate Sullivan teacher