Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jett Sullivan; English Professor at Slu Called `a Mrs. Chips'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jett Sullivan; English Professor at Slu Called `a Mrs. Chips'

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Jett McCawley Sullivan, a longtime English teacher described by her colleagues as "a Mrs. Chips," died Monday (Feb. 7, 1994) at Mary Queen and Mother Center in Webster Groves after an extended illness. She was 80.

Professor Sullivan was the first woman hired as an English teacher at St. Louis University. She started in 1946 and worked there until her retirement in 1981.

"She was a wonderful person and an absolutely phenomenal teacher of English," said the Rev. J. Barry McGannon, chancellor at St. Louis University.

"She loved to teach and she loved the students - and she was a master psychologist in dealing with them. I'd say she was a Mrs. Chips."

The Rev. Maurice McNamee served as chairman of the English Department during Professor Sullivan's years as a teacher and then worked with her at Cupples House, a campus art center that McNamee now heads.

"Her great achievement was her remarkable influence on her students," he said. "As I'd travel around the country, I'd constantly run into former students who would ask about her. …

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