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Scarsdale Native Killed In Crash Was Jungle Explorer, Tribal Advocate

Nancy Sullivan
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SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Scarsdale native Nancy Sullivan spent nearly a quarter-century living in one of the most remote places on earth, Papua New Guinea, advocating for tribal societies threatened by encroaching development, according to a story in the .

The 57-year-old Sullivan was killed the night of July 16 when her rental SUV slammed into a rock embankment along the Taconic State Parkway in LaGrange in Dutchess County.

Sullivan's three  adopted grandson -- ages 10, 8 and 5 -- and their nanny, 43, were injured in the crash.

Sullivan rose to prominence working to preserve Papua New Guinea's tribal cultures and protect its environment from logging and mining operations, according to

As per her wishes, Nancy Sullivan's body will be cremated, with her ashes to be spread both at her family's summer cottage and in Papua New Guinea.

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