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Sarah I. Sullivan, school development officer

Sarah "Sally" Sullivan was development officer for the Madeira School in McLean, Va.
Sarah "Sally" Sullivan was development officer for the Madeira School in McLean, Va.

Sarah I. "Sally" Sullivan, former development officer for the Madeira School in McLean, Va., who earlier had been a financial consultant and a lawyer, died Monday at her Lutherville home of complications from breast cancer. She was 68.

The daughter of Rogers Hiss Israel, former president of the old Loyola Savings and Loan, and Virginia Holland Israel, a schoolteacher, Sarah Rogers Israel was born and raised in Laurel.

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Ms. Sullivan was a 1964 graduate of the Holton-Arms School in Bethesda and attended Skidmore College in New York. In 1968, she earned a bachelor's degree from Hollins College in Roanoke, Va.

After college, she moved to New York City, where she worked as an administrative assistant at Citibank. After her marriage to J. Roger Sullivan Jr., they moved to Bedford, N.Y., where she started raising her children.

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She returned to Baltimore in 1980, and for the next decade cared for her children while earning a degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Ms. Sullivan was admitted to the Maryland bar in 1988 and was an associate with the Baltimore law firm of Church & Houff until 1991.

In 1996, she left the practice of law and went to work as a financial adviser for what became Morgan Stanley. After moving to Charleston, S.C., in 2002, she continued working in the field for UBS until 2007.

"She lived in the historic part of the city on Tradd Street," said a son, James R. "Jay" Sullivan III of New York City. "She was a wonderful cook, and hosted memorable family holidays in Charleston with delicious food and dry champagne, and she liked spending warm nights on the back patio of her walled garden."

A few years ago, Ms. Sullivan returned to Baltimore and settled in Lutherville. For the last two years, she was the development officer for the Madeira School and enjoyed traveling across the country meeting the school's alumni. She retired last month.

Ms. Sullivan's hobbies were the decorative arts, and she enjoyed traveling with the Decorative Arts Trust, her son said. She was also an avid gardener.

She had been a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Charleston and was a member of St. David's Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave., where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Ms. Sullivan is survived by two other sons, Henry D.W. Sullivan of Rodgers Forge and John Mackall Sullivan of New York City; a daughter, Sarah Dorsey Sullivan of Charleston; a brother, Rogers Hiss Israel of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; and four grandchildren. Her marriage to Mr. Sullivan ended in divorce, as did a marriage to E. Fremont Magee.

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