SJU and UW Community Mourn Loss of Pearl Sullivan
St. Jerome’s University and its worshiping community are saddened at the passing of Pearl Sullivan, who died on November 28th after a 12-year battle with cancer. Sullivan was the University of Waterloo’s former dean of engineering (2012-2019) and the first woman to hold the position. She attended services at St. Jerome’s University’s Notre Dame Chapel as a member of the worshipping community.
“St. Jerome’s University mourns the passing of Dr. Pearl Sullivan, who was such an innovative and a dynamic leader at the University of Waterloo as Dean of Engineering," noted SJU's President and Vice Chancellor, Peter Meehan. "We will remember Pearl, her family and friends in the prayers of our SJU worship community, of which she was a devoted member for many years.”
An announcement about Sullivan’s passing was shared with the University of Waterloo community from the president’s office and a tribute was posted on UW’s website. Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo, said he was devastated to hear of Sullivan’s passing.
“There is no doubt that Pearl left an indelible mark on the Faculty of Engineering and the University of Waterloo, but most importantly, on her students, friends and colleagues,” said Hamdullahpur. “She exemplified how one can combine vision, determination, resilience and hard work and deliver it in the most caring and passionate way. That’s how Pearl did everything she put her brilliant mind and kind heart into it.”