In memory of
Kathleen Silliman Sullivan August 30,1933-September 25, 2016 Kathleen Silliman Sullivan passed away at her Capitola home on September 25th at age 83. Wife, mother, grandmother, and educator, Kathleen descended from Pajaro Valley pioneer Charles Oscar Silliman as first daughter of Watsonville's Francis Marion Silliman, a Santa Cruz county supervisor, and Constance Adam Silliman, a Watsonville Hospital head nurse. Kathleen attended Moreland Notre Dame, Watsonville and Notre Dame De Namur University, Belmont. Ever the academic, she enrolled at Stanford University, earning a M.A.Ed. while husband Mark W. Sullivan pursued a philosophy Ph.D.. Settling in the San Mateo Highlands, Kathleen and Mark, now a NDNU professor, raised five children: Leslie, Claudia, Caitlin, Adam, and Connie. During those same decades Kathleen taught history at Carlmont H.S., was Dean at Notre Dame H.S., Belmont, trained aspiring teachers at NDNU, and served as Sequoia H.S. summer principal. Poised, articulate, and world traveled, she was active in the Democratic Party in the 60s, proved avid patron of San Francisco's ballet, symphony and opera, and volunteered as docent at the Capitola Museum in her final years. Fifty-four years married, Kathleen Silliman Sullivan is survived by two sisters, five children and eleven grandchildren.
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