Engineering News-Record's former executive editor, James B. Sullivan, died on Aug. 15, at age 85. Sullivan retired from the magazine in 1985 after 30 years with McGraw-Hill Inc., 27 of those with ENR. Sullivan's career at ENR was briefly interrupted when he served a three-year stint as general manager of McGraw-Hill's World News Service before returning to the magazine. For the last 10 years of his career, Sullivan was the voice of the magazine, through its editorial page.
Before entering the ranks of management, Sullivan was an editor in ENR's water and sanitation department. Sullivan held a civil engineering degree from Polytechnic Institute of New York and was a licensed professional engineer in that state, as well as a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. "Jim had a brilliant mind and was a mainstay of the magazine for decades," says ENR Editor Emeritus Arthur J. Fox Jr.