Francis C. Sullivan
AFTON — Francis C. Sullivan, formerly of Afton, passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at the New York State Veterans Home in Oxford. He has been reunited with his beloved wife of 54 years, Virginia and many loved ones.
Son of the late Dennis J. and Edna L. Sullivan, he was born in Oneonta on Oct. 11, 1921.
He attended St. Mary's School and graduated from Oneonta High School, where he played football and track and was active in school chorus, band and orchestra. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. From 1940 to 1942, he attended Oneonta Normal School where he was active in chorus, orchestra and varsity basketball.
He enlisted in the United States Army during World War II and served in Germany, Austria and Wales.
After the war, he graduated from Hartwick College in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Education. While at Hartwick, he was active in orchestra, band and chorus and was president of A∆Ω fraternity. He taught Business Education at Afton Central School in 1949, after which he re-enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and served in Austria. He returned to Afton Central School until his retirement in 1979.
He obtained his masters in Business Education from Albany State Teachers College in 1953. He obtained his Certificate of Administrative Education from SUNY New Paltz in 1969. He also obtained graduate credits from Syracuse University and SUNY Plattsburg.
While at Afton, he also taught Driver's Education. He became the first high school principal from 1969 to 1979 at ACS. After retirement from full-time work, he continued his service in education as an interim administrator in Oneonta, Charlotte Valley, Schenevus, and Bainbridge-Guilford Schools, as well as interim superintendent for Afton.
He served on the Afton Central School Board of Education for three terms, one of which as president. He also served on the DCMO BOCES Board of Education for two terms, one as vice president. He was a member of the VFW, NYSSBA and former member of NYSUT.