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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
      S. Luo, MD










Solomon Luo, MD

Member, School of Medicine Board of Visitors

Trustee, Temple University and Temple University Health System Boards


It gives me great pleasure to speak at this event to honor my good friend, Dean John Daly.

To start, I would like to share with you a simple quote, “Life is the sum of all your choices.” This quote by the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Albert Camus is vividly and consistently demonstrated by John Daly. He has made many choices in his life, as many people do; however, unlike other people, his choices have shaped the lives of so many others as well.

A native of Philadelphia, John Daly attended LaSalle University for undergrad (we will forgive him for that). He then went on to Temple University School of Medicine, where he finally saw the light! Then, possibly his most notable and smartest life choice was to propose to his wife, Mary, with whom he has 6 wonderful kids. He became an internationally renowned oncologic surgeon, teacher, author, researcher and academic. In 2002 his family expanded to include the Temple family, when we were blessed to have him on board as our medical school dean.

Dean Daly had a vision of Temple’s potential.  He immediately jumped headfirst into making that potential a reality in order to benefit the medical school for generations to come.

He devoted immeasurable hours into moving the School of Medicine to the next level. From helping to develop the Board of Visitors to designing the new medical school building, Dean Daly plunged headfirst into making decisions that would benefit the lives of countless others.

In 2009, Temple opened the doors to a much needed and long awaited new medical school. Every detail of this Medical Education and Research Building shows Dean Daly’s passion and admirable foresight. As an alumnus of Temple and the proud father of two graduates of Temple’s medical school, I wholeheartedly appreciate this building and the commitment with which Dr. Daly executed this project in so little time.

In all the years I have known Dean Daly, I have never heard him speak an ill word about any person or any situation he encountered. He has the charm and stature of a true gentleman, and the perception and wisdom of a true leader.

Dr. Daly, without a doubt, each person who has worked with you either personally or professionally realizes the impact of the sum of your choices in shaping their lives. You have been a true inspiration to all of us, and will continue to be, even as you move on to your next chapter. I wish you only the best.

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