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DelVal receives beekeeping equipment donation

Oct 17, 2017

DelVal receives beekeeping equipment donation

Courtesy: Dr. Chris Tipping. Mark Sullivan (fourth from left) and Bill Dick (third from left) visited DelVal students and Dr. Chris Tipping.

The Irish Brothers Bee Farm in Southampton, Pennsylvania donated beekeeping equipment to Delaware Valley University's Apiary Society in the name of its founder and former company president, Paul R. Sullivan.

Sullivan (commonly referred to as "Beemaster Paul") was a highly-skilled beekeeper who always exuded a genuine passion for his craft.  As the founder and president of The Irish Brothers Bee Farm, Sullivan was committed to promoting beekeeping throughout the Delaware Valley. Until his untimely death, his company's mission was to pollinate organic farms and to promote sustainable agricultural development throughout Bucks and Montgomery counties. He was an active member of both the Bucks County and the Montgomery County Beekeeper's Associations, and he routinely articulated his opinions and recommendations on the practice of beekeeping to the Obama Administration's White House Pollinator Health Task Force. Sullivan was always thinking of ways to improve the art of beekeeping.  In 2015, the year before his death, he invented a device that would have revolutionized the bee feeding industry.  However, lack of funding and his untimely death in March 2016 prevented his discovery from becoming a reality.  

His daughter, Paula Sullivan, is a former student of DelVal.  She now resides in the Tampa area and is pursuing her studies in biology at The University of Tampa. 

"If Paul were alive today, he would be proud of his daughter's ambition, drive, and accomplishments to date," the company said in a statement about the donation.  "Paul's genuine interest in biology and the life sciences clearly has rubbed off on his daughter.  The Sullivan family is extremely confident that Paula will become successful in every aspect of her life, for that is how her father would have wanted it."