Former Wistar Board Chair Kevin M. Tucker to be Honored at Black-Tie

Former Wistar Board Chair Kevin M. Tucker to be Honored at Black-Tie

September 25, 2005

(PHILADELPHIA—September 26, 2005)—Former Wistar Board of Managers chair Kevin M. Tucker will be honored with The Wistar Award at a black-tie gala hosted by The Wistar Institute on Saturday, October 22, at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue. The award recognizes Tucker’s distinguished contributions to the community, both through his work in public service as well as his philanthropic and volunteer efforts.

For more than 12 years, Tucker has been a member of the Board of Managers of The Wistar Institute, a nonprofit biomedical research institute in Philadelphia. He chaired Wistar’s Board from 1998 until earlier this year. During his tenure as chair, Wistar recruited a new president, approved a new strategic plan that calls for expansion of the Institute’s faculty and renewal of its facility, and made remarkable strides in fundraising and board development, among many other achievements.

Tucker’s career in public service includes several high-profile positions in law enforcement. As a member of the U.S. Secret Service, he was assigned to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and her children following the President’s assassination. He later became Special Agent-in-Charge of Philadelphia, overseeing three offices in the tri-state region. In 1986, Tucker became Police Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia. During his tenure, Tucker created a special task force charged with studying the role of the Police Department in the community, which led to the establishment of community policing and other key innovations.

In the private sector, Tucker has served as a senior vice president of PNC Bank, where he was responsible for administration, legal counsel, human resources, procurement, real estate operation, and compliance.

Tucker founded the Corporate Alliance for Drug Education (CADE), a unique collaboration between the private and public sectors to tackle the problem of substance abuse. CADE has taught about 250,000 children in the Philadelphia area and received the prestigious Xerox Award for its drug education programs.

In addition to his work with The Wistar Institute and CADE, Tucker has lent his talents to a number of other civic and community organizations, including INROADS, Inc., the Philadelphia Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Police Athletic League, the Sunday Breakfast Club, and the Variety Club.

Members of the Honorary Committee for the 2005 Wistar Gala are: Sam Donaldson, General Norman Schwarzkopf, The Honorable Rick Santorum, The Honorable Arlen Specter, and Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street. The Gala Committee is chaired by Adele K. Schaeffer and includes members Robert A. Fox, H. Lewis Klein, Helen P. Pudlin, Esq., Roy Shapiro, Edward Sickles, and Doris R. Taxin.

For more information about the gala event on October 22 honoring Tucker, call Wistar’s Development Office at 215-898-3930.

The Wistar Institute is an independent nonprofit biomedical research institution dedicated to discovering the causes and cures for major diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, and infectious diseases. Founded in 1892 as the first institution of its kind in the nation, The Wistar Institute today is a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center focused on basic and translational research. Discoveries at Wistar have led to the development of vaccines for such diseases as rabies and rubella, the identification of genes associated with breast, lung, and prostate cancer, and the development of monoclonal antibodies and other significant research technologies and tools. News releases from The Wistar Institute are available to reporters by direct e-mail upon request.