Dr. Basil `Tut' Tully, 87, Kent County osteopath

August 09, 2005

Dr. Basil "Tut" Tully, a Kent County osteopath active in Washington College alumni affairs, died in his sleep Thursday at Chestertown Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. He was 87.

Born and raised in Maplewood, N.J., he earned a bachelor's degree from Washington College, where he played on the football team, ran hurdles and broad jump in track and was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity. Later, he became the volunteer physician for the college's lacrosse team.

In 1982, Dr. Tully was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.

He received a diploma at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and during World War II served in the Navy aboard a destroyer in the Caribbean.

In 1946, Dr. Tully opened a Chestertown practice and saw patients until a month ago - retiring because of failing health. He also practiced for a time in Philadelphia, spending half of each week there to work with his brother, Dr. John Tully, also an osteopath, who died about 30 years ago.

Dr. Tully played baseball and basketball for the Chestertown teams many years ago. Later he developed a taste for golf and tennis and was a 50-year member of the Chester River Yacht and Country Club. He also enjoyed needlepoint work, and he won a prize in a national contest for a vest he created in a houndstooth check with a pocket watch design.

Plans for a memorial service next month were incomplete.

Survivors include a daughter, Gail Tully Owen of Baltimore, and a grandson. His wife of 57 years, the former Frances Kreeger, died in 2000.

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