Timothy Sullivan passed away on June 18, 2021. The following tribute was written by Russell Easby-Smith.
Timothy Sullivan, known as Tim or Sully, has been a member of our community for a decade. A soft spoken man who many might have thought unassuming, but when you stopped and listened, he always had a tale worth listening to. He told me his fathers best advice to him was to always to listen to others, you might learn something, those who are always doing the talking don’t learn anything. He was literally the guy in the room with the most interesting stories, but people rarely knew it.
He had a full scholarship to a school of engineering, a skiing scholarship. The schools ski team was new and when they went to compete they realized someone had to do the jumping event to qualify. No one on the team had ever done ski jumping (we are talking about the ski jumping where you launch off of a ramp and literally fly and have to land without dying). Tim volunteered to do it, he lived, never mentioned any trophies though, doing it was enough in my book.
His engineering degree led him many places. The South Pole being the one he talked most about. Yes, the literal South Pole, not McMurdo station on the coast of Antarctica, but 900 miles inland to the true South Pole, in Winter! He led construction of a radio telescope there which is still in use today advancing our scientific knowledge.
He leaves behind a son, Ryan Sullivan, in Colorado.