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E. Ginger Sullivan

Civic leader E. Ginger Sullivan was born on July 30, 1933 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts to Catherine Caesar and James Williamson. Sullivan attended Craneville Elementary School and Pittsfield High School. In 1955, Sullivan received her B.A. degree from Northeastern University. She later received her J.D. degree from Woodrow Wilson College of Law in the 1970s.

While attending Northeastern University, Sullivan served as a hepatic research technician at Yale School of Medicine. In 1958, she moved to New York, where she worked as a medical assistant. She later joined Massachusetts General Hospital as a cardiovascular researcher. An active member of Christ Church in Boston, Massachusetts, she helped plan the church’s trip to attend the March on Washington in 1963. In 1975, Sullivan’s husband, Dr. Louis Sullivan, was appointed dean of Morehouse College Medical Education Program. During his deanship, Sullivan clerked for a Fulton County Superior Court Judge and founded the Friends of Morehouse School of Medicine. After President George H.W. Bush appointed Dr. Louis Sullivan U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services in 1988, Sullivan served as a spokesperson for the National Cancer Institute on the early detection and treatment of breast and prostate cancers in 1989. During this time, Sullivan also joined the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships for three years. In 1993, Sullivan and her family returned to Atlanta, where Dr. Louis Sullivan served as president of Morehouse School of Medicine until 2002.

Sullivan served as founder and co-sponsor of The Sullivan 5K Run/Walk Road Race for Health & Fitness on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. She has also served on the boards of the High Museum of Art, the Alliance Theatre, True Colors Theatre in Atlanta, Wolf Trap, the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., and the Arthritis Foundation of Georgia, and was a strong supporter of Medical Education for South African Blacks (MESAB) and Africare. A member of the Buckhead Cascade Chapter of Links, Inc. and the auxiliaries to the Atlanta Medical Association and the National Medical Association, Sullivan was active in the Atlanta community.

Sullivan and her husband, Dr. Louis Sullivan, have three children: Paul, Shanta, and Halsted.

E. Ginger Sullivan was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 22, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.087

Sex

Female

Interview Date

8/22/2019

Last Name

Sullivan

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Occupation
Schools

Craneville Elementary School

Pittsfield High School

Northeastern University

Atlanta Law School

First Name

E. Ginger

Birth City, State, Country

Pittsfield

HM ID

SUL03

Favorite Season

Summer

State

Massachusetts

Favorite Vacation Destination

Martha's Vineyard or South Africa

Favorite Quote

The Sun Will Come Up Tomorrow

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Georgia

Birth Date

7/31/1933

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Atlanta

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Bluefish

Short Description

Civic leader E. Ginger Sullivan (1933- ) founded the Friends of Morehouse School of Medicine and served as a spokesperson for the National Cancer Institute from 1989 to 1993.

Employment

Yale School of Medicine

Massachusetts General Hospital

Superior Court of Fulton County

National Cancer Institute

Favorite Color

Blue

Ruth Edmonds Hill

Librarian Ruth Edmonds Hill was born on March 5, 1925 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts to William and Florence Edmonds. She attended Reed School and Central Junior High School in Pittsfield, and graduated from Pittsfield High School. Edmonds received her B.S. degree in biological sciences from Massachusetts State College in 1946, and her B.S. in library science from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts in 1949. She would later obtain her certificate in theatre librarianship from Columbia University School of Library Science in New York.

Edmonds Hill worked at Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield in 1943 and then in the catalog department at Massachusetts State College in 1947. Edmonds Hill served as a cataloger at Bennington College before becoming a catalog librarian at the Baker Library at Harvard Business School. She was later hired as a reference librarian for the New York Academy of Medicine and served in the catalog department at Yale University. She also worked as a cataloger at Berkshire Community College, a librarian at the Widener Library at Harvard University and The Louis Agassiz Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. In 1977, Edmonds Hill joined the Schlesinger Library staff at Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she served as the audiovisual and oral history coordinator, and later exclusively as oral history coordinator, overseeing the library’s projects for forty-two years. The oral history exhibition and book projects supervised by her include: the Black Women Oral History project in 1977, the Women in Federal Government Oral History project from 1981 to 1983, The Women of Courage: An Exhibition of Photographs book and traveling exhibition in 1984, the Cambodian American Women’s Oral History project from 1987 to 1993, the Latina Women’s Oral History project in 1989, the Tully Crenshaw Feminist Oral History project from 1990 to 1993, which was conducted by and with past officers and members of the National Organization for Women (NOW), the Chinese American Women Oral History project in 1990, and the Oral History of Radcliffe College project from 1998 to 2005.

In 2000, Edmonds Hill joined The Oral History Review as an editorial board member. In 2004, she was named honorary member of the board of trustees for Samuel Harrison Society, an organization dedicated to preserving the homestead and history of her great grandfather, Reverend Harrison, pastor of the Second Congregational Church in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and of Sanford Street Congregational Church in Springfield, Massachusetts. Edmonds Hill was a member of the Oral History Association and served as chair of the Nonprint Format Award Committee. She also sat on the admissions committee for fellowships of the Cambridge Arts Council in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

She was the recipient of numerous honors, including the Harvey A. Kantor Memorial Award from New England Association of Oral History, the Lucy Miller Mitchell Heritage Award from Psi Omega Chapter, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha and Greater Boston YMCA Black Achievers Awards. Edmonds Hill also received a Harvard Hero Award from Harvard University in 2017.

Ruth Edmonds Hill was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 13, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.206

Sex

Female

Interview Date

11/13/2018

Last Name

Hill

Maker Category
Middle Name

Edmonds

Occupation
Organizations
First Name

Ruth

Birth City, State, Country

Pittsfield

HM ID

HIL18

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Massachusetts

Favorite Vacation Destination

Florence, Italy

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Massachusetts

Birth Date

3/5/1925

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Boston

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Bananas

Short Description

Librarian Ruth Edmonds Hill (1925 - ) served as librarian and oral history coordinator at the Radcliffe College’s Schlesinger Library for forty-two years.

Favorite Color

Blue/Purple/Green