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Condolences to the Family of Tully Speaker

posted Nov 3, 2019, 5:12 PM by David Cardy
Tully Speaker served the Logan Square Neighborhood Association for decades: as President and as a board member. He and Jane were committed toward the betterment of the whole neighborhood, exemplified by their sustained leadership and dedication to the Logan Square Neighborhood Association. Both will be missed not only by those who knew them but by future neighbors who will benefit from their generous contribution to all of us.
From Tully's son, Tycho:
Seven years ago today I posted about my mother Jane’s death. Today I remember Tully Speaker, my father, who died peacefully surrounded by family last week, almost 7 years to the day after she did. He taught Medicinal Chemistry at Temple University for 40+ years, turning out by our estimation 4000 or so pharmacists and a couple of dozen PhD graduates. He was charming, gracious, and witty to the end, made more remarkable by the vocabulary and cognitive effects of rapidly progressing dementia. He worked closely with my mother in support of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists, which she helped found, and of which she was president in 1973 and 1975. She was the Chief Toxicologist at the office of the Medical Examiner in Philadelphia, and among many other achievements, played a big role in identifying what became known as Legionnaire’s Disease after a major outbreak. My father put a great deal of his time and energy into the Logan Square Neighborhood Association in Philadelphia, of which he was president for many years. Through these efforts they developed a rich fabric of social connection with people in many walks of life. Although many of their generation are already gone, many remain who recall parties at their home, one of their happiest activities. Both Jane and Tully overcame extreme personal challenges in childhood to become engaged, productive people, and importantly for me, to give their best as parents in spite of these histories. I invite people to share memories of them either in a comment or in a PM. RIP Tully and Jane, some of the more interesting folks you’d ever want to meet.