Dr. Charles William Sullivan

December 28, 1939October 27, 2010

Charles William Sullivan, age 70, died October 27, 2010 after a brief illness. He was the husband of Patricia A. Sullivan, former Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, who predeceased him in death.

Charles, affectionately known as Charlie to his family and friends, graduated with a bachelor's degree from Manhattan College in New York and a Master's and Doctorate degree from New York University. All of his degrees were in electrical engineering. Charles worked for 10 years with General Electric in Syracuse, New York followed by16 years with Texas Instruments in Dallas, Texas. He retired at age 55 to move to Greensboro, North Caroline with his wife Patricia, upon her installation as the first woman Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG).

Charles was active in numerous volunteer activities for UNCG including the Friends of the Library. He was an ardent Spartan Fan and love attending games both at home and on the road. In addition to working behind the scenes on behalf of UNCG, he was a long time member of the Kiwanis Club of Greensboro, and Senior Net as well as the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

After retirement, Charles was active in developing home automation software using X-10 wireless technology. He organized a web site to distribute the software, which is named Hey-U – a name coined by a colleague who would tell his children "Hey you turn off that light". The current version Hey-U version 2 and is downloadable on the Hey-U web site at

Charles was born on December 28, 1939 in Staten Island, New York.

He is survived by his brother James Burke Sullivan, his wife Ahni Sallaway and their children Julia Sallaway Sullivan and James (Jay) Sallaway Sullivan.

The family wishes to extend its deepest gratitude to the Palliative Care Team of Moses Cones Hospital for their extraordinary compassion and care during Dr. Sullivan’s illness.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, November 2 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 2715 Horse Pen Creek Road, Greensboro. Family visitation will be held at St. Paul’s following the service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the Dr. Patricia A. Sullivan and Dr. Charles W. Sullivan Endowed Scholarship Fund, UNCG Excellence Foundation, UNCG, PO Box26170, Greensboro, NC 2402.


  • Memorial Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Dr. Charles William Sullivan

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John Hudak

November 5, 2010

My sincerest sympathies to the family of Charles. He positively touched my life and I enjoyed our interactions in the heyu_users online forum. He was a gentleman and a professional

November 5, 2010

I never met Charles, however I corresponded many times with him via e-mail discussing his HeyU software. His software powers my home ever day, as it does for many many people around the world. In HeyU his genius will live on forever!

Randall Koop

November 5, 2010

May God hold Charles in his arms forever. The X10 community has lost a cherished member but God has gained one of his children back. Charles will be missed. Hawk1 (on the X10 forum) Randall

David Lanthorn

November 5, 2010

Charles wisdom and helpful Internet writings and posts about X10 wireless technology is known through out the world. He is already missed in the automation community. We grieve his passing with you.

Judy Parks

November 4, 2010

11/4/10 Jim sullivan and Family
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Charlie,Pat,Earl and I shared so many good times together. Sincerely, Judy Parks.

November 2, 2010

We were saddened to learn of your dear brother,Charlie's death. We send our love and sympathy to all the Sullivan family. Bill and Ann Alexander

November 2, 2010


Our deepest sympathy for you and the family. Cyn and I were so pleased that we were able to see Charlie at the 50th Manahttan College reunion last June.

We will always remember Charlie and Patricia.

John & Cyn Ruddy

Paul Jones

November 1, 2010

Our condolences to the family. May the peace of God be with your family during this time of bereavement.

Mr. & Mrs. Paul & Charrisse Jones & Family

fjohn reinke (mc1968)

October 31, 2010

The Manhattan College alumni community shares the grief, and is now praying for our fellow alumni and the family at this time. The Alumni Office has been informed. As well as the Jasper Jottings community that I personally can reach. We are all a little poorer now. "No man is an island, entire of itself ... any man's death diminishes me". We are sorry for your loss.