John Daly, MD, FACS, 1947–2021

It is with profound sadness and shock that I write to inform you of the sudden passing of Dean John M. Daly. John, 73, died at home Friday. His incredible career as a surgeon, professor, dean, close colleague and friend spanned decades.

I have known John Daly for his entire career as a leader at Temple University, and I can say without hesitation that he was always laser focused on his students, their education and enhancing the School of Medicine’s reputation. He had a clear vision for the future of medical education and especially its obligations to communities in need.

A native of Philadelphia and a graduate of Temple’s School of Medicine, John’s death is a loss for his students, his faculty, his researchers and the residents of North Philadelphia. I can also say that I have lost a long-time friend and colleague whose commitment to Temple has never wavered.

I encourage you to read more about John’s impressive career.

John is survived by his wife Palma, six children and several grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary. Please join me in holding John’s family in your thoughts and prayers.


Richard M. Englert