Denis Gartland Sullivan

Norwich, Vt. — Denis Gartland Sullivan, a long-time resident of Norwich, and a retired professor of Government at Dartmouth College, died peacefully on June 8, 2013, at Kendall in Hanover.

Denis was born Oct. 14, 1929, in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Western Reserve Academy, then Brown University. While serving in the Army during the Korean War he became a Lieutenant in the US Army 2nd Armored Division and was stationed in Colorado where he met his future wife. In 1953, he married Margaret Allen Henderson of Woodbury, Conn. He then returned to college, graduating from Oberlin, subsequently earning his PhD from Northwestern University in Political Science. Professor Sullivan taught first at the University of Illinois at Champaign Urban, then came to Dartmouth College in 1968 as professor of Government. His pioneering work in analyzing viewer reactions to political figures took him to many places on the globe, including Vienna, Russia, and Japan. He also supported the art historical research of his wife, Margaret (Peggy) Sullivan. Professor Sullivan retired from Dartmouth in June 1999.

He is survived by his wife and three sons, Kevin of Minneapolis, Min., Marc of Austin, Texas and David of Santa Cruz, Calif. Professor Sullivan is also survived by his sister, Mrs. Robert (Sully) Barth of Vero Beach, Fla. and his brother, Jere Sullivan of Milwaukee, Wis.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to the Brain Trauma Foundation.