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Michael Sullivan was my brother. He graduated with the class of 1989 with a Bachelors in Asian History and his name is on the list of missing classmate. After his Harvard education, he went on to get a masters in Library and Information Science at Simmons College, Class of 1999. Michael passed away unexpectedly on December 10, 2019 at the age of 52.

Michael worked for a number of libraries throughout New Hampshire as well as Massachusetts. Michael was the NH Librarian of the year, 1998. He was the Library Director at the Weare Public Library at the time of his passing. He also started, wrote and published, both online as well as on paper, a weekly newsletter for the town of Weare. He started this after the only town newspaper closed down. His newsletter was eagerly waited for by the town's people as the only source for town news.

Michael was a published author. In addition to his children's books, the Escapade Johnson series, The Sapphire Knight and Classical Music Makes Me Fart and Other Stories THEY Didn't Want You To Read, he published a number of books through the American Library Association on getting boys reading and helping them to become better readers. Getting young boys to read was a passion of his and he traveled across the US as well as internationally to speak on this topic.

In addition to his writing he was also very proficient at Chess. He traveled with multiple chess boards at all times. He started chess teams/clubs each time he moved and taught children and adults to play. At the visiting hours after his passing, chess boards where placed around the room and children played, including a six year old who he had taught to play and who knew the game, the pieces and the rules. I don't think Michael thought anyone was too young or too old to play chess.

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