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“On June 28 of last year, I began the first ouline of a manuscript that was to become the book I am now writing. It is a fictional treatise in the...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Donna L. Doty, Ph.D. - School

“I’m so sorry to hear of Dr. Cullinan’s passing. She hit every mark when it comes to being a great teacher and I strived for perfection in...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Donna Ward - Student

“Rest In Peace Merrita. One of the best teachers, mentors in my life. Many memories from my years at Molloy revolve around her. One of a kind that&...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Rosemarie McDonough - Student

“Rest In Peace Merrita. One of the best teachers, mentors in my life. Many memories from my years at Molloy revolve around her. One of a kind that&...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Rosemarie McDonough - Student

“I would sit on the edge of my seat in Dr. Cullinan’s class, never knowing what would be thrown at me, neither in way of ideology nor inanimate...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Donna L. Doty, Ph.D. - Student

“Meritta was a good friend from Sacred Heart grade school in Bowmansville, NY, and Saint Mary's High in Lancaster, NY. She was always afraid of dogs...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Jacqui Smith - Friend

“Rest in Peace Dr Merrita Cullinan, and I'must Pray for You and All of Your Co Workers at Molloy College ”
7 of 13 | Posted by: John Szemiot - Friend

“Meritta had been one of the original twelve BH Board members in 1990 and had served on our Board for many years. She was such an asset and very much...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: S. Aimee Koonmen, OP - Friend

“Friend for 46 years and car pool partner for 40 years, Meritta was part of my life and I'm hurting deeply over her loss. She worked tirelessly and...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Stephan Mayo - New York, NY

“I will miss your humor, sarcasm and unfailing knowledge of the intricacies of the faculty handbook. I imagine that you and Lee are back on your bench...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Cheryl Camenzuli - Glen Cove

“She always stopped to talk, I will miss her jokes and not seeing her on the stoop having a smoke! ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Mary Scanio - Massapequa, NY

“Meritta was one of a kind. She was fun to travel with, a pleasure to chat with at Molloy and always an important voice for faculty. I will miss her...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Cheryl Camenzuli - Glen Cove

“you will always be in my heart love you forever ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: douglas hartmuss - norwalk, CT


Dr. Meritta B. Cullinan, age 72, formally of Buffalo, passed away peacefully in her Manhattan apartment on June 17, 2020. She graduated from Ohio Dominican College with a bachelor's degree in Sociology and English, received her M.A. from the Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science of the New School for Social Research in New York City, and her Ph.D. from Fordham University. Dr. Cullinan was a professor of Sociology at Molloy College where she also served as department chair. She was known for her research expertise, having co-authored numerous journals and articles, presented scholarly papers, and was co-director of the Dr. Joan Merlo Community Research Institute (CRI). Dr. Cullinan was a member of the Molloy Faculty since 1971, where she taught thousands of students over her 49-year career with passion and dedication. Preceded in death by her parents William and Lucille Cullinan and sister Moira Jutzin, she is survived by her brothers Frank (Susan) Cullinan and William Cullinan of Buffalo, New York; nephews: Kevin (Cheryl) Cullinan, Brian Cullinan (Dan Guarino), Carl (Gina) Jutzin and niece, Kristen Jutzin. Great-aunt to Zach Jividen, Lauren Cullinan and Luke Jutzin. Meritta loved attending NY Yankees games and spending summers in Maine with her extended Long Island family. She loved to travel, host holidays with family and friends and show people around her favorite place on earth: New York City. A memorial service will be held at a later date.