Elizabethann “Liz” O’Sullivan passed from this world on April 16, 2014 in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. Liz was 69 when she died from an acute heart attack while in hospital clinics for routine tests. At the time of her death Liz was a resident of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Indianapolis, IN and Cary, NC.
Liz graduated from Valley Regional High School, Deep River, CT. She received a BA from Dunbarton College (DC). She received an MA and PhD in Government and Public Administration from the University of Maryland.
As a member of a District of Columbia women’s collective in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, Liz helped found one of the first rape crisis centers in the United States. Her early professional research focused on organizational issues faced by rape crisis centers.
Professionally, Liz taught Political Science at Dunbarton College, and Public Administration at Grand Valley State College, Arizona State University and North Carolina State University. In 2008 Liz was a Fulbright Scholar attached to the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia. In 2010 she retired after 32 years from NCSU and with her husband (Douglas Hale) moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
In Malaysia, Liz remained active with her work with various women’s Non Governmental Organizations. Liz’s feminist roots began to blossom once again. She began new research analyzing the content of questions posed by women members of parliament as compared to their male counterparts. She created online maps showing constituencies where women ran for Member of Parliament.
Liz was an avid traveller who visited India, Bhutan, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore and much of Europe. Shortly before her death she spent 3 weeks in Australia and averaged 5 miles per day in mountain hiking. She was planning trips to India, Myanmar, Turkey and New Zealand. China was on the horizon. Wherever she lived or travelled she was a supporter of theatre, symphony, and dance.
Liz was born on May 23, 1944 in Bryn Mawr, PA, the first child of Elizabeth Nash O’Sullivan and Walter Ridgley O’Sullivan Jr. Surviving are her husband of almost 40 years, Douglas Hale (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Indianapolis, IN, and Cary, NC); sons Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale (Indianapolis, IN) and Malcolm O’Sullivan (Pittsford, NY); and two grandsons. Four siblings survive Elizabethann: Patricia O’Sullivan (Reno, NV), Kevin O’Sullivan (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Joan O’Sullivan (Cary, NC) and Kathleen O’Sullivan (Arlington, VA). Parents and brother Walter Ridgley O’Sullivan III predeceased her.
Liz was cremated in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia on April 20, 2014. A portion of her remains were scattered on the seas adjacent to Bali, Indonesia. The remainder of her ashes will be interred at All Saints Episcopal Church, Indianapolis, IN on Oct 11,2014 at 11am. A memorial gathering will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Wade Ave., Raleigh on September 21, 2014 at 2 PM. All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers please consider Dayspring Center, 1537 Central Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202, United States.