Beloved mother, teacher and friend to many, Dr. Sally Solomon (1940-2013), died on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, suddenly and unexpectedly of complications related to the flu.
Solomon was a chemistry professor at Drexel University (still teaching classes this semester), a published author and an avid sports fan.
Solomon ran a cooking school in Philadelphia in the 70s and appeared on many cooking shows and in articles related to food, including in the Inquirer.
She continued to delight friends and family with her cooking up until her very last days, including hosting a 15-person Thanksgiving dinner just before her 72nd birthday.
Solomon founded Science-in-Motion, a program that brought science equipment to inner-city students and fit with her socially progressive ideals.
She was also proud to be one of few females in a male-dominated field like chemistry, and she hoped that her example would encourage more women to take up hard sciences.
Her generous and joyous spirit was reflected in her open-door policy.
Friends would stop by at all hours — she was quick to offer food or lend money to a friend in need.
She will be remembered fondly by friends; her boyfriend, Tim Baradet; the father of her children, Michael Shahade; and her students.
“Dr. Solomon was my absolute favorite professor,” said Vanessa Beck. “She was compassionate, brilliant, hilarious and didn't take anything from anyone.”
She is also survived by her two children, Gregory and Jennifer Shahade.
Contributions may be made in her name to After-Schools-Activities Partnerships, a Philadelphia non-profit that brings chess, Scrabble, drama and debate into inner-city schools and fits with her social ideals.