Scott G. Sullivan

Scott Gregory Sullivan was born in Cleveland, OH, May 9, 1937, raised in Baltimore, MD and El Paso, TX, graduated from The Gilman School in Baltimore in 1954 and Yale College in 1958. He graduated from Yale Magna Cum Laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Chairman of The Yale Daily News, Scroll and Key, Torch Honor Society, Pundits, and The Elizabethan Club, and was a Henry Fellow at St. Catherine, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England where he received his BA 1960 and his MA 1963.

He was the author of The Shortest Gladdest Years, A History of the Marshall Plan, The Lerner and Loewe Song Book, and eight other books.

Scott was a student in Paris 1960-62, lived in Dublin, Ireland 1962-63. He joined The Baltimore Sun newspaper in 1963. There he was City Hall correspondent, rewrite man, 1965-70 City Editor (youngest city editor of a major city newspaper in the US), 1969-73, and Paris Correspondent. He joined Newsweek magazine in Paris in 1973 and was Chief Diplomatic Correspondent in Washington, DC 1976-1979, European Regional Editor 1979-1998.

In Paris, he was President of the Anglo-American Press Club 1982, The Traveler’s Club of Paris and The Maryland Club of Paris.

A long-term parishioner of The American Cathedral in Paris, he spent 18 years on vestry, 10 years as delegate to the Anglo-Roman Catholic World Dialogue (ARCIC). He was a parishioner of Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans from 2005 until his death and from 2020 he attended The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany whenever he was in New Iberia, LA.

During his journalistic career he wrote three thousand Baltimore Sun stories, and one hundred four Newsweek cover stories. In 1998 he joined The International Energy Agency as Public Affairs Advisor where he published more than one hundred books a year and thirty periodicals.

Scott moved to New Orleans in 2005, arriving in the US on the day of Hurricane Katrina. He was a member of The Pickwick Club, Salon des Marginaux, The Gang of Four, The Round Table Club, Secretary of Louisiana Historical Society, Krewe of SAD, The Friends of Music, and Southern Repertory Theatre. He served for nine years as President of the Association of Louisiana Yale Alumni, and was founder and nine years President of Bulldogs in the Big Easy, which has brought over two hundred Yale undergraduates to spend summers working in New Orleans. For fifteen years he was Corresponding Secretary of the Yale Class of 1958. He was the recipient of numerous awards for outstanding journalism in both Baltimore and Paris, in 1986 the George Polk Award for foreign journalism.

The French government recently named him a Chevalier Legion d’Honeur, the highest award of merit, both civil and military.

He was married to Cecile Clark, 1959-1971; married to Helene Mireille Henry, 1973-2002; married to Peggy Polk, 2006 until her death in 2015.

He is survived by his children, Judith Amanda Sullivan Joels of London, England, Rebecca Nicole Sullivan Balagna of Gap, France, and Stephane PQR Sullivan of Nice, France, two grandchildren Alexandre Balagna, and Olivia Balagna, three great-grandchildren Lucas and Leo Balagna and Charlotte Balagna Houlou-Garcia; his brother, St. Clair Sullivan of Columbia, NJ, his sister, Dr. Judith Sullivan Palfrey of Catumet, MA, New Orleans cousins, Danny Sullivan, Patsy Hunter, Colleen Ingraffia, Sally Reeves, and Susan Hoskins, and his close friend, Suzanne Vuillemot Sloan of New Iberia, LA.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Maeve Mauricette Sullivan, and his parents, Maurice and Beatrice Sullivan.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00, Monday, August 7, 2023 at Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans with visitation beginning at 2:30 PM. There will be a memorial service held in the Fall at The American Cathedral in Paris, France.