Thomas Sullivan, former chairman and CEO of RPM International Inc. near Medina, Ohio, has died. He was 83 years old. Sullivan stepped down as RPM's CEO in 2002, and in October 2008, he retired after 37 years as the company's chairman. He continued to serve as chairman emeritus until 2016 Chairman, RPM International Inc. Mr. Thomas C. Sullivan received his B.S. degree in Business Administration from Miami University (Ohio). He joined RPM as a Divisional Sales Manager in 1961 and was elected Vice President in 1967. He became Executive Vice President in 1969, and in 1971 Mr. Sullivan was elected Chairman of the Board. He also served as President from 1970 to 1978 and Chief Executive Officer from 1971 to 2002. Mr. Sullivan is a Director of Kaydon Corporation. Shares of Common Stock beneficially owned: Sullivan was the youngest of six children. He received a dinner-table education in business and entrepreneurship from his father, Frank Sullivan Sr., who was building a roof coatings business that he founded in 1947. After graduating from Culver Military Academy, Sullivan attended Miami University of Ohio where he was elected president of the freshman class and served on the student senate for four years. After college, Sullivan was commissioned as an ensign in the Navy and deployed throughout the Pacific as a communications officer on the destroyer, the U.S.S. Braine. He married Sandra Simmons in 1960, and they had six children, Frank, Sean, Tom Jr., Dan, Kathleen and Julie.