On January 20, 2010, at 3:30pm, the lactation world lost one of our leading modern pioneers. Mary Rose was a daughter, wife of 42 years, mother, teacher, researcher, advocator, inventor, author, award winner, and most importantly a fighter in every form of the word. Mary was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August and had surgery and chemotherapy. Unfortunately, the chemotherapy was not effective and the cancer had spread too far for radiation to be used. And today she lost her final battle. Her memory will live on forever in the enormous works she has done for breastfeeding.
Mary Rose Tully, MPH, IBCLC, is a noted lactation consultant, Director of the Department of Lactation Services at the University of North Carolina’s Women’s Hospital, and Adjunct Clinical Instructor (Pediatrics) at the University of North Carolina’s School of Medicine. Her area of research is human breast milk. In the mid 1970s, she helped establish the non-profit Piedmont Milk Bank, now known as the WakeMed Mothers’ Milk Bank and Lactation Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is a founding member of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America in 1985 (source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Rose_Tully)
A Note sent from one of her good friends to announce her goodbye to our world
”Sorry to use our official email listserv for a non-business purpose, but I knew you would all want to know that Mary Tully died at 3:30 this morning (on her 42nd wedding anniversary). She asked that I pass it on to everyone that she would like us to celebrate her life with laughter and with music and not go around all sad-faced and crying. We want to carry on her work helping others in any ways that we can.
Two funds have been established for donations (in lieu of flowers). Go to her Caring Bridge website for the details and the plans for her memorial service at: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/maryrosetully
A few websites that state her bio: