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Carole Anne Sullivan

July 18, 1948 — December 9, 2021

Carole Anne Sullivan of Plantation, Florida passed away peacefully after a long illness, at her home and surrounded by her family, on December 9, 2021 at the age of 73.   Carole was born on July 18, 1948 in Washington, DC to Edward and Jean (Olsen) Sullivan. The young family soon moved from their first home in Arlington, Virginia to Kensington, Maryland where Carole grew up for most of her childhood and teenage years and where her siblings were born. She attended her grammar schools primarily in Kensington at Holy Redeemer School and Parkwood Elementary School with the exception of the 4th grade at Saxonville School during a brief move to Framingham, Massachusetts. Carole completed her junior high school education at Holy Redeemer School and Kensington Junior High School and then graduated from Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Maryland in June 1966. Carole went on to complete her Bachelor of Science in Education at the University of Maryland in January 1970. She traveled extensively in the United States and beyond before returning to college. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Maryland in December 1975 and from there became a Cell and Molecular Biologist engaged in Aids and Cancer Research. While living in Frederick, Maryland between 1976-1978, Carole worked at Frederick Cancer Research Center at Ft. Detrick. After moving to Centereach, Long Island, New York in 1978, Carole worked in the Department of Pharmacology at S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook. It was here, in the Summer of '79, that she met the love of her life, Joseph LoPresti, as they passed each other in the hallway. Carole and Joe moved to Wading River, New York in 1980, and she continued to do research in the Department of Microbiology at S.U.N.Y Stony Brook. In late 1982, she moved to Gainesville, Florida with Joe where she did research with Leonard Hayflick at the Center for Gerontological Studies while Joe entered medical school in Grenada. They were married at their home in Gainesville, Florida on November 23, 1984, and soon after, Carole and Joe moved to Miami, Florida when Joe transferred to the U. of Miami. Carole continued her research career at the Coulter Corporation in the Immunology Division until 1991. She also completed a Paralegal Studies Program with honors at Rollins College in 1992 while in Miami. Carole amassed over 15 years of biomedical research during which she co-authored eight biological research articles and was awarded a patent as co-inventor of a "Monoclonal Antibody to HIV Antigens". All the while, Carole supported Joe and provided a beautiful, comforting and stable environment while he attended medical school. Carole and Joe moved several times while Joe practiced neurology, from North Carolina, back to Miami, Florida, then to Nebraska, and back to Plantation, Florida where they spent the last 12 years. Carole and Joe made friends wherever they lived and took many trips with family and friends. They enjoyed the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountain region. They explored the Great Plains and the Lakota Culture, and while out West and near Denver, they were close enough to visit her sister's family many times as they watched their nieces grow up. They explored the Rocky Mountains together and with family. Carole loved rock music and went to many, many concerts over the years. Her favorite group was Rush, and she and Joe managed to see them about 10 times. Carole loved working in her garden and planted nearly every palm tree, flower and bush on the property in Plantation. Carole was an avid reader and read about 1 book per week. Her favorite authors were Dave Barry, Carl Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey, and Stephen King to name but a few. She loved going to the Miami Book Fair every year. She loved doing crossword puzzles every morning. She loved fishing with Joe. Carole and Joe had many excellent adventures together especially in Key West, Caymans, Mexico, Bahamas, Italy, Great Britain and Dublin, Ireland. Carole will always be remembered as a devoted wife and a kind, charming, sociable, fun-loving woman with a beautiful smile and infectious laugh. Carole is survived by her adoring husband of 37 years, Joseph LoPresti, her three siblings and families, Jim Sullivan (Beverly) and daughter Cecilia, Linda Stevenson (Ian) and daughters Emma and Chloe, Richard Sullivan (Ivonne), her sisters-in-law and families, Theresa Mook (Rich), Catherine Sczesny (Matt) and sons Matthew and Justin, and her brother-in-law and family, Paul LoPresti (EJ) and son William and his family. A Celebration of Carole's Life will be held early in the new year. Details to be announced.

 

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