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Edward T. Sullivan, NASA official

Edward T. Sullivan, a retired deputy director of a NASA office that managed the transfer of technology developed in the space program to various sectors of the U.S. economy, died April 5 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville. He was 89.

The cause was pneumonia, said a son, John S. Sullivan.

Mr. Sullivan spent his early career at the National Bureau of Standards, where he became chief of the radiation calibration branch, and the Atomic Energy Commission, where he supervised the design and development of a computerized system for the abstracting and indexing of U.S. and world literature in nuclear energy.

He worked at NASA from 1962 to 1982, eventually as deputy director of the technology transfer division. He then spent several years as a consultant for Herner and Co.

Edward Thomas Sullivan was a Providence native and a 1949 physics graduate of Providence College.

He served in the Army in Europe during World War II and received two awards of the Bronze Star Medal, his family said. He was captured by the Germans in France and was held as a prisoner of war in Germany from October 1944 to April 1945, according to the family.

He moved to what is now the Village at Rockville retirement community from Silver Spring about 10 years ago.

He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church in Silver Spring and the Knights of Columbus. He was a past president of the Providence College alumni chapter in Washington.

His wife of 50 years, Mary McArdle Sullivan, died in 2005. Survivors include three children, Mary Ellen Hughes of North Potomac, John S. Sullivan of Pittsford, N.Y., and Edward T. Sullivan Jr. of Princeton, N.J.; a sister; a brother; and eight grandchildren.

Adam Bernstein

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