John D. Sullivan Memorial Fund


Professor John D. SullivanIt is not often that one is in a position to publicly honor and help institutionalize the legacy of an elder and mentor such as John D. Sullivan. Fortunately, the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability at Pitzer College has such an opportunity through creating the John D. Sullivan Memorial Fund. Inspired by Professor Sullivan’s commitment to water issues, this fund will facilitate public engagement and education around water in California and beyond and serve as a resource to students at The Claremont Colleges.


To donate:

The John D. Sullivan Memorial Fund will support activities such as:

  • Public lectures on water issues
  • Student research and internships related to water and public policy
  • Water-related workshops and field trips for faculty and students

Gifts of all sizes are important and appreciated. If you are able, a leadership gift of $5,000 would help us meet our initial goal quickly and can be paid in $1,000 increments over the next five years.

Our long-term goal is to raise $50,000 to create an endowed fund that will be a permanent part of the College and allow us to honor Jack and offer programming in perpetuity.

John D. Sullivan made so many of us consider water differently, and we look forward to continuing this legacy for generations to come.

To donate:

If you would prefer to make your gift by writing a check, please make it out to “Pitzer College” and mail it to Pitzer College, Office of Advancement, Sullivan Fund, 1050 N. Mills Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.

Check out the Inaugural John D. Sullivan Memorial Lecture, “Groundwater in the Golden State”

Inaugural Lecture poster

The second John D. Sullivan Memorial Lecture, was given by Dr. Juliet Christian Smith from the Union of Concerned Scientists on February 17, 2017.

“Climate Change, ‘La Madre’ of Weather Systems”