Sally Solomon, Drexel professor

Sally Solomon
Sally Solomon
Posted: January 23, 2013

Sally Solomon, 72, of Center City, a college professor, mother, and friend to many, died Thursday, Jan. 17, at home of complications from the flu.

For almost 40 years, Solomon was a chemistry professor at Drexel University. She was teaching classes this semester as usual and became ill, but thought little of it, family members said. Her death was "sudden and unexpected," they said.

Born in Punxsutawney, Pa., Dr. Solomon moved to Philadelphia in the mid-1950s and graduated from Olney High School. Her education included a bachelor of science degree from Drexel in 1963 and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1966.

"She was also proud to be one of the few females in a male-dominated field like chemistry, and hoped that her example would encourage more women to take up hard sciences," her family said.

Dr. Solomon had wide-ranging interests. She ran a cooking school in Philadelphia during the 1970s and appeared on many TV cooking shows. She was quoted in food articles, once appearing in The Inquirer to tout the virtues of seedless watermelon as "easier to cook with and easier to eat."

She continued to delight friends and family with her cooking, hosting Thanksgiving dinner for 15 guests last year, just before her 72d birthday.

Dr. Solomon founded Science-in-Motion, a program that brought science equipment to inner-city students. The effort meshed with her socially progressive ideals.

Her generous spirit was reflected in what the family dubbed her "open-door policy." When friends would drop by her home at all hours, she was quick to offer food or lend money to someone in need.

"Dr. Solomon was my absolute favorite professor," said Drexel student Vanessa Beck. "She was compassionate, brilliant, hilarious, and didn't take any [nonsense] from anyone."

She is survived by a son, Gregory Shahade; a daughter, Jennifer Shahade; the children's father, Michael Shahade; and her boyfriend, Tim Baradet.

Services were private.

Contributions may be made to After-Schools-Activities-Partnerships, 1520 Locust St., Suite 1104, Philadelphia 19102. The nonprofit that brings chess, Scrabble, drama, and debate into inner-city schools.


Contact Bonnie L. Cook at 215-854-2611 or bcook@phillynews.com.

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