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Richard Tucker, Owner of Building Companies, Dies at 78

September 27, 2011
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Richard "Dick" Tucker, 78, died Aug. 30.

Born in Wynnefield in 1933, Tucker graduated from Overbrook High School and Temple University.

Tucker's real estate career spanned more than 50 years, beginning as a runner for Lanard and Axilbund. He was drafted into the U.S. Army at the end of the Korean War. Eventually, he started an industrial real estate company, which later became known as Tucker Realty Corporation.

Simultaneously, he started an industrial and commercial building company known as J.C.D.

In the late 1970s, when Tucker moved his office and home to the Old City area, he saw the opportunity to develop that once-beautiful area. With others, he helped direct and shape the northern end of the Federal Historic District.

Tucker was instrumental in creating the "green space" that allows access between Wood Street and I-95 and 2nd and 6th Streets. He also developed storefront and residential real estate along Vine and Arch streets.

He served as president of B'nai Abraham Synagogue on Lombard Street and was active with the Jewish Center of Northern Liberties. He also served as president of the Breast Health Institute for five years.

Tucker is survived by his wife of 32 years, Diane Tucker; sons Jeffrey Tucker and Mark Tucker; stepson Robert Stevens; and four grandchildren.

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