Edward Lally, DMD, PhD

  • Born: March 30, 1943
  • Died: February 11, 2019
  • Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania

D'Anjolell Memorial Home and Crematory

392 Lancaster Avenue
Frazer, PA 19355

Tel. (610) 296-9555

Tribute & Message From The Family


Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Doctor

LALLY

Edward (Ned) T. Lally, DMD, PhD, of West Chester, PA, passed away on February 11, 2019. His beloved wife, Karen S. Lally, DPT, was by his side. Born in March, 1943 in Pittsburgh, PA, Ned grew up in Sharpsville, PA. He received his bachelor's degree (1964) and DMD (1968) from the University of Pittsburgh, where he also earned a Varsity Letter in football. He also earned both a PhD in Immunology (1978) and a Certificate in Oral Pathology (1973) from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ned was a distinguished and well-respected faculty member of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine for almost 5 decades. He had an extensive research career investigating oral health. His current research focused on the molecular mechanism of the most important toxin in the oral cavity. Along with advancing science through his own work, Ned helped to launch the research and teaching careers of those PhD candidates and Dental Students who trained under him – a great measure of a scientist and faculty member.

Ned, Capt., DC USN (ret), also served our country in the United States Navy and Naval Reserve. He entered service in 1964 during the Vietnam Era. He was deployed (1990-1991) with Fleet Hospital 15/20 (FH15/20) to the Persian Gulf in support of the First Marine Expeditionary Force during combat for the First Gulf War. In 1995, Ned retired from the Navy at the rank of Captain and as the Commanding Officer of FH15/20.

In addition to his wife, Ned is survived by his children, Brian E. Lally, MD (Marcella), Sara E. Lally, MD (Patrick C. Barth, MD) and Caitrin A. Lally, Esq.; cherished brother of Karen Meck (John) and William Lally (Karen); dearest grandfather of six grandchildren, Nora A., Ruthanne C., Patrick J., Sean E., Thomas R., and Riley E.; adoring uncle of Thomas Meck (Candice) and Meghan and Enzo Lally; and many cousins. Ned was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Ruth Lally, and his brother, Brian Lally.

Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Ned's life on Saturday, February 23,, 2019. There will be a Visitation from 8:30 AM to 9:45 AM at the D'Anjolell Memorial Home of Malvern/Frazer, 392 Lancaster Ave, Frazer, PA 19355, with the Funeral Mass at 10:30 AM at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 1325 Boot Road West Chester, PA 19380. Inurnment to directly follow that day at St. Agnes Cemetery, 1050 Pottstown Pike West Chester, PA 19380.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory would be appreciated to the following:

The Dr. Edward T. Lally Fund to support oral health scholarship at Penn Dental Medicine. http://www.dental.upenn.edu/give

The University of Pittsburgh Varsity Letter Club, http://www.giveto.pitt.edu/campaign-story/pitt-varsity-letter-club?tid=115

OBITUARY

Edward (Ned) T. Lally, DMD, PhD, of West Chester, PA, passed away on February 11, 2019. His beloved wife of 51 years, Karen S. Lally, DPT, was by his side.

Born in March, 1943 in Pittsburgh, PA, Ned grew up in Sharpsville, PA, the son of a public school guidance counselor/head football coach and a homemaker, the late Thomas and Ruth Lally. He was all-state in football and played in the Big 33 game as a senior. After receiving numerous acceptances from elite colleges, including the Naval Academy and the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), Ned chose the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his bachelor's degree (1964) and DMD (1968). During this time, he also earned a Varsity Letter in football. Ned's collegiate football career included the historic 1963 season, where the Pitt Panthers went 9-1, and finished 3rd in the nation. Of most importance, Ned met his true love, Karen, at a dance his sophomore year and they were married in 1967.

Ned then went on to earn both a PhD in Immunology (1978) and a Certificate in Oral Pathology (1973) from UPenn. After completing his PhD, Ned joined the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1971 as a teaching fellow. His promotion to the rank of Professor of Pathology came in 1991. For almost five decades, Ned maintained the reputation of a distinguished and well-respected faculty member in the dental community, and he had an extensive research career investigating oral health. His current research focused on the molecular mechanism of the most important toxin in the oral cavity, which cohorts in the scientific community have referred to as "his best science ever." Along with advancing science through his own work, Ned helped to launch the research and teaching careers of those PhD candidates and dental students who trained under him – a great measure of a scientist and faculty member.

Ned, CAPT, DC USN (ret), was extremely proud to have served our country in the United States Navy and Naval Reserve. He entered service in 1964 during the Vietnam Era. He was deployed (1990-1991) with Fleet Hospital 15/20 (FH15/20) to the Persian Gulf in support of the First Marine Expeditionary Force during combat for the First Gulf War. In 1995, Ned retired from the Navy at the rank of Captain and as the Commanding Officer of FH15/20. Ned was known to be "a calm and controlled leader with a skill at managing a diverse group of people and a vision of where the hospital should go," as mentioned by John Norris Childs III, MD, FACS, CAPT, MC, USN (ret).

Last year, Ned and Karen celebrated their 50th anniversary with family trips to the Bahamas and Costa Rica. Those adventures will always be cherished in a salute, "Lally Lally!" (which is in reference to the Bud Light "Dilly Dilly" commercial series for Super Bowl LII).

While Ned was very humble about his own achievements, he was extremely proud of his three children, Brian E. Lally, MD (Marcella), Sara E. Lally, MD (Patrick C. Barth, MD) and Caitrin A. Lally, Esq. One of his greatest accomplishments is that all three of his children are alumni of UPenn and pursued postgraduate degrees.

In addition to his wife and children, Ned is the cherished brother of Karen Meck (John) and William Lally (Karen); dearest grandfather of six grandchildren, Nora A., Ruthanne C., Patrick J., Sean E., Thomas R., and Riley E.; adoring uncle of Thomas Meck (Candice) and Meghan and Enzo Lally; and many cousins. Ned was known by his cousins as a mentor, who would often try to help and guide them whenever need be. Ned was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Brian Lally.

Lastly, Ned will be remembered for his love of his family, intelligence, humor, and his fondness of traveling, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh sports, Victory Brewing Company's Golden Monkey, and Irish limericks. As one of his favorite cousins, Bridget Green, said, "Ned had a twinkle in his eye that always reminded you that, no matter what, you were loved just as you are. That will never be forgotten."

Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Ned's life on Saturday, February 23, 2019. There will be a Visitation from 8:30 AM to 9:45 AM at the D'Anjolell Memorial Home of Malvern/Frazer, 392 Lancaster Ave, Frazer, PA 19355, with the Funeral Mass at 10:30 AM at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 1325 Boot Road West Chester, PA 19380. Inurnment to directly follow that day at St. Agnes Cemetery, 1050 Pottstown Pike West Chester, PA 19380.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory would be appreciated to the following:

The Dr. Edward T. Lally Fund to support oral health scholarship at Penn Dental Medicine. http://www.dental.upenn.edu/give

The University of Pittsburgh Varsity Letter Club, http://www.giveto.pitt.edu/campaign-story/pitt-varsity-letter-club?tid=115


Services


Condolence & Memory Journal

Karen,
We are saddened about the passing of your husband, Ned. We remember the wonderful times together at Mark Wilson Conferences or IADR meetings. This past May at the Penn Dental 50th Class Reunion we visited Ned in his office, filled with papers, books and "stuff." We are sure he knew where everything was--a sign of a great scientist. He had a magnificent persona filled with kindness and love. Ned will be remembered.

Posted by John and Elsie Ruby - Hopwood, PA - Friend   February 23, 2019

To Captain Lally's family, please know he had a profound impact on all of us Navy shipmates. I am a Physician Assistant because of his encouragement. Fair Winds and Following Seas: Constance Morrison, HMC, (FMF) RET

Posted by Constance Morrison - Leesburg, VA - Served in the Military together   February 22, 2019

Thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time

Posted by Sean OReilly - Wallingford, PA - Family Friend   February 22, 2019

My favorite Dental Corps Officer.
Many are the memories.
DTCS Pat Merkowsky, USNR-retired

Posted by Pat Merkowsky - Emmaus, PA - Served in the Military together   February 21, 2019

Candle

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Posted by Heather Steinberg - Wallingford, PA   February 19, 2019

We will be forever grateful for our visit with Ned and Karen in November, even if it was when he was in ICU. It did a lot to boost the morale of my husband Bill, Ned and Karen. Ned promised to visit us in Houston, and I know he would have made good on that promise if given the chance. We cherish that memory and the long friendship we have shared with the Nally's. And give the glory to God who has kept us close since Navy days! Karen, our prayers are with you and the kids. We know this is tough, but you are fortunate to have the love and support of your precious family. Love, Debby & Bill

Posted by Debby Leighton - Houston, TX - friend   February 18, 2019

Wishes for peace and fond memories during this time. As a friend of Caitie's - I'm sure many of the wonderfully generous, joyous and kind ways she touches other's lives is attributed to her parents. I'm glad to hear that she's had this time to spend with her Father to celebrate his spirit. May you celebrate Ned's spirit and memories of him bring the family joy even in the depths of grief.

Posted by Debby Nemecek - West Chester, PA - Friend   February 18, 2019

With deepest sympathy,

Posted by Teresa Collins - Pittsburgh, PA - Family   February 17, 2019

My condolences to the family. I met Ned when he was a junior dental student and I was a dental assistant student at Pitt. We sometimes worked together during his senior year. Then several years later we were in the same Naval Reserve Unit in Philadelphia. I remember him as a happy go lucky guy with a great sense of humor. I know he will be missed by all.

Posted by Lana (Robinson) Nalichowski - Coopersburg, PA - Served in the Military together   February 17, 2019

ned was always a stand-up guy THE BEST may he rest in peace cousin

Posted by Boone Mahin - chapel hill, NC - Family   February 17, 2019

To a great cousin, you will be missed. Valerie and I send our condolences.

Posted by Patrick Lally - Greensburg, PA - Family   February 17, 2019

Ned had a twinkle in his eye that always reminded you that, no matter what, you were loved just as you are. That will never be forgotten all my love to the family.

Posted by Bridget Green - Pittsburgh, PA - Family   February 17, 2019

Karen and cousins ....Thinking of you all and wishing you the peace and comfort as you remember Ned.

Posted by Lally Morley - Mt Lebanon Pa, PA - Family   February 16, 2019

Karen and Family
Our heartfelt condolences. Ned was a true scholar and a gentleman. His insight and patience will be missed by us all. May we carry his legacy forward. Prayers and warm wishes Bruce and Kathy Shenker

Posted by Kathy Battaglia - Haddon Heights, NJ - friend   February 16, 2019

Love you dad

Posted by brian lally - Son   February 16, 2019

What a wonderful shipmate and confidant. I will always remember our midnight conversations in the sands of Saudi Arabia. RIP, dear friend.
Steven J Oxler, MD
CAPT, MC USN-retired

Posted by STEVEN OXLER - MOORESTOWN, NJ - Served in the Military together   February 16, 2019


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