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Milton A. Sullivan Jr, ex-K8YDO, Former Chief Engineer at R. L. Drake (SK)

11/11/2010

Milton A. “Buddy” Sullivan Jr, ex-K8YDO, of Washington, DC -- the former chief engineer at the R. L. Drake Company -- passed away from a stroke on October 28. He was 85. Sullivan designed and oversaw the designs of all the most significant Drake Amateur Radio products, including the 1A, 2B and 2NT transmitter, all the 4 lines and the beginning of the 7 line. After retiring from Drake in 1984, Sullivan ran his own business selling and setting up satellite television systems, an offshoot of his later projects at Drake that involved designing satellite equipment. After that, he went back to work full time as chief engineer for Lytton Electronics, where he worked until his final retirement in 1990. In 1993, he and his wife Judith moved to South Carolina where Sullivan worked for Alpha Delta, the small company owned by his former Drake colleague and long time friend, Don Tyrrell, W8AD. Sullivan donated his body to science. A US Navy veteran, he will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery after a term with the Georgetown University Medical School.  -- Thanks to John Sullivan and Don Tyrrell, W8AD, for the information



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