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Tribute to Dr. John M. Daly, March 16, 2011



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Kathleen Reeves, MD
Daniel Mueller, MD
Thomas Kupp
Solomon Luo, MD
Sandra Gomberg, RN, MSN
Mary Ann Durkin
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Mary Ann Durkin

Executive Assistant to Dr. John M. Daly

Temple University School of Medicine


I have been Dr. Daly’s Executive Assistant since 2003, shortly after Dr. Daly came to Temple. It has been eight years now since Dr. Daly hired me, and it seems like only yesterday that I met him for the first time.


I won’t lie to you, being John Daly’s assistant wasn’t always easy. Dr. Daly is very demanding, and there were days that I didn’t love my job, but there were more days that I did love it. Working for Dr. Daly is never boring. Every day is an adventure. He expects us all to work as hard as he does, but the thing is that he makes us want to work that hard.

Even when things just weren’t going quite right, Dr. Daly always gave 100 percent. The things Dr. Daly did as Dean he did for the right reasons, whether it was to help the students or faculty or to help one of his patients, or simply to make Temple a better place. He always gave his all.

Dr. Daly is a strong, generous, good man who is a friend to many and who loves his family and his work. I’m proud to say that he allowed me to work for him during his time as Dean of Temple University School of Medicine.


Saying thank you doesn’t seem like enough, so I would like to offer an Irish wish for Dr. Daly.

May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings,
Slow to make enemies,
And quick to make friends.
But rich or poor, quick or slow,
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.

Thank you, Dr. Daly.


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