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19 July 2015

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Feel so sorry for your loss. No es posible. Great memories with you in PNG with the Silver Discovery.

She was a unique creature on the planet, a gift to PNG especially and to all of us who knew her. For Nancy, there were no dividing lines between compassion, humanity, bravery, brilliance and whackiness. What a stunning individual she truly was.

Mama Nancy, I am lost for words. Cannot stop my tears from falling. You have moulded me to be somebody through research as an ex student of PNG Studies.

As an associate in your Anthropology for Development based in Madang, I learnt a lot. Words cannot express Mama mi krai long you, God bai Blessim you long olgeta wok you mekim long kantri PNG.

Mipla olgeta tok bikpla sore tru. RIP

Still in shock. God bless her soul. Such a wonderful mentor.

The accident was in New York, in Dutchess County. I heard the accident on the police scanner and my heart went out to all involved when I listened to it. Such a terrible tragedy.

I am truly in a shocked state now. Nancy was my best ever since I first joined the PNG National Museum as an anthropologist in 2009.

I worked with her for the protection of Karawari Cave Art for the last five years since 2009 until last year. I am so sorry.

The Karawari project is still underway for protection. Now it's our struggle which means PNG government effort to continue this project.

hank you Nancy for your powerful support to the government and people of Papua New Guinea for your entire life. Wish you all the best and rest in peace.

She loved and believed in her students and knew that PNGns will tell their own stories better if given the right skills.

Her lectures for our final year university paper were always at her house over dinner and she kept track of all her students until she passed.

She loved us like a mother and was known to us as 'Mums Nancy'. She instilled a different fire in the bellies of many young PNG researchers - many had our first jobs as associates with Nancy Sullivan & Associates Ltd.

Her memories will live forever in our hearts. We love you and will miss you. Rest in eternal peace Mums Nancy.

I was very privileged to have been invited by Nancy along with my dear friend Chris Cutler to spend two months in PNG assessing the biota in two villages.

Getting to know her and work with her was one of the best times in my life.

She definitely served as a model for helping others and fighting for good causes all the while keeping it together with a terrific sense of humour and intense passion for the causes she loved.

As I write this, an immense ache is taking over and makes me realize it will be quite some time before I truly accept what has happened. PNG lost a truly wonderful person.

We thank you for you contribution in Papua New Guinea especially in the field of research. We have learnt so much from you and you have contributed much to this land of ours. May God richly bless you. RIP.

Both newspapers in PNG have picked up the story from PNG Attitude today.

She made a presentation at the Mining and Development Conference early this year, in Port Moresby which was the last time many of us saw her. A great loss!

A very close and dear friend personally to me. I will surely miss her terribly.

I am shocked. It always seem to me that the wrong people are taken by accidents. She had done so much and was continuing to do so much for PNG and the people she cared for.

I am very sad. Rest in peace Nancy.

A sponsor of the Rainbubu Award for the PNG Studies student with the best major research paper. Joseph Rainbubu was a former PNG Studies student who was employed by the late Nancy to work with her. He died of illness and to commemorate him the late Nancy sponsored the award every year. A great loss to the University and the nation.

Very sad news. In the past two years I met her frequently at the Madang Club. We often talked about some of her work in Hagen (for Bob Bates) and her contacts years ago with Maggie Wilson and Tara Monahan (both also deceased). May Nancy rest in peace.

Few white women have impacted on Anthropology in New Guinea. Nancy Sullivan's name will be listed among that of Beatrice Grimshaw, Margaret Mead, Marilyn Strathern and Louise Morauta as leaders in their field.

Nancy's contribution to the discovery and preservation of the Karawari art caves and her blog '19 years and counting' will forever remind us of her love for our country and people. Rest in Peace.

Heart wrenching news. Nancy's last words to me on facebook were "nothing ventured,nothing gained." She took many risks during her admirable life in PNG but gained much fulfillment in return . So long Nancy.

Very sad news about Ms Sullivan. I'd only started reading her blog 'Nineteen Years and Counting' in the past year. She was an inspirational woman indeed!

I don't really know what to say, such a shock.

RIP, and God bless her heart. Yes, we have lost a beautiful sweetheart. My thoughts, prayers and condolences to her family with the injured victims. Very sorry.

We are shocked by this sad news. I never had the pleasure of meeting her, but knew her through her writings. We wish all her family, relatives and friends much strength and faith in these difficult days.

PNG has lost a voice. What a sad way to end her life in the company of those she dearly loved. May her soul rest in eternal peace.

This is shocking news for her family and for all her PNG friends. Madang and villages up the Sepik, Karawari and Arafundi rivers have lost a true champion, a fearless fighter.

Very sad news! A fearless, outspoken and indefatigable foe to those she considered transgressors of that which is right and proper in PNG.

The people of Karawori and Madang have lost a true champion.

Very very sad news for all of us Sepiks. May she rest in peace.

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