Sept. 19, 1930 – May 27, 2014
Mortimer A. Sullivan Jr., a retired colonel of the U.S. Air Force and longtime Orchard Park attorney, died Tuesday in his Orchard Park home after a long illness. He was 83.
Mr. Sullivan was born in Buffalo and graduated from Eden High School in 1950. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Buffalo in 1954.
He was the first commander of UB’s Air Force ROTC Corps of Cadets. Upon graduation, he became a second lieutenant in the Air Force.
In 1956, he enlisted in the Air Force under a fictitious identity to evaluate the Air Force’s existing programs. His undercover investigation led to sweeping changes in Air Force enlistee training programs and disciplinary policies.
Mr. Sullivan went on to conduct hundreds of criminal and contract fraud investigations for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and briefings on sabotage, espionage and terrorism.
He became a lawyer in 1964. He had been a law clerk and studied for the bar exam without attending law school.
He was also a private pilot, the government appeals agent for the Selective Service System, a member of the Erie County Citizens’ Committee on Rape and Sexual Assault, a lieutenant in the Erie County Sheriff’s Scientific Reserve and a founding board member, counsel and vice president of the Erie County Law Enforcement Foundation.
The decorated military veteran was an active member of the Orchard Park Symphony. An Episcopalian, Mr. Sullivan was also an active member of the Nativity of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church in Orchard Park and the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Buffalo.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Maryanne Calella; two sons, Mark and Michael; and four grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday at SS. Peter & Paul Church, 66 E. Main St., Hamburg.