Hall of Fame inductee, Paul G. Sullivan, died on February 4, 2009 in Vero Beach, Florida, at the age of 82.
He was born in Brooklyn, lived most of his life in Scarsdale, New York, and in recent years, Vero Beach. He attended Princeton University, and served in the Navy as a radioman in Annapolis. His work career spanned over 50 years, first with Hayden Stone and then with Smith Barney.
Paul served for many years on the Board of the American Platform Tennis Association, and was APTA President from 1963-1965. He was also President of the Fox Meadow Tennis Club from 1967-1969.
During the 50′s and 60′s, he was a major contributor to the activities of the APTA serving, among other things, as Chairman of many National Championships and as Chairman of the APTA Umpires Committee. He was also a USTA umpire, and served in that capacity at the U.S. Open and at Wimbledon.
He was instrumental in the APTA’s establishing of the Honor Award in 1965, to recognize individuals of distinction in platform tennis, which designation was changed in 1998 to the Platform Tennis Hall of Fame.
In recognition of his long-term service and outstanding contributions to the game, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002.
Source: Robert A. Brown, Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 10, Issue 4, January, 2009