BHSU music scholarship established in honor of Myron and Margaret Sullivan

Myron Sullivan, II, presents a check in honor of his father and mother to Dr. Jonathan Nero, assistant professor of music, to establish the Myron and Margaret Sullivan Family Scholarship for vocal music majors at Black Hills State University.

Black Hills State University will carry on the legacy of a local family's love for music through the Myron and Margaret Sullivan Family Scholarship, a memorial established at BHSU to benefit vocal music majors.

The Sullivans' son, Myron II, who retired from BHSU after working in public safety for 13 years says he established the scholarship to honor his mother and father.

"My mom was proud and pleased to be a music teacher and with help from this scholarship, others who are passionate about music will be able to complete their education too," said Myron II.

Margaret Sullivan was a resident of Spearfish at the time of her passing in 2015. She graduated in 1947 from Lead High School and then attended Black Hills State Teachers College graduating in 1965 with degree in music and elementary education and later a master's degree in elementary education. Margaret worked in Lead-Deadwood as a music and kindergarten teacher for more than 30 years. She also contributed her musical talents to church services in Lead, playing the organ for 50 years.

Myron Sullivan passed away in 2005. He grew up in Lead and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Myron and Margaret met on Main Street in Lead, married in 1947 and had three children. Myron worked at the Homestake Mining Company in various jobs for 30 years, retiring as head of transportation.

Myron II said his father was always right by Margaret's side when she sang at weddings and funerals.

"Everyone in the Sullivan family was musically inclined. My dad and sister played the saxophone. I played the drums. We all had our stint with piano," said Myron II. "We've always been a musical family."

The Sullivan family enjoyed music events at BHSU and a chair in Meier Hall on campus is dedicated in their name.

The first award from the Myron and Margaret Sullivan Family Scholarship will be made this fall to a BHSU student majoring in vocal music with an education emphasis.