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TUCK (LOUISE T.) BRENNAN Tuck (Louise T.) Brennan, age 96, pioneering executive, community leader and world traveler, died at home on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Foulkeways, Gwynedd, Pa. She became the first female executive of American Olean Tile Company, Lansdale, Pa., in 1969, when she was named public relations director. In 1986, five American Olean and parent company National Gypsum CEOs were among the guests at her retirement dinner, and the company published a special edition of the company's employee newsletter with the headline, "American Olean's First Lady to Retire". Previously, she was head of the Lansdale Red Cross (1963) and of the Central Montgomery Branch of the American Red Cross (1965) in Norristown, Pa. She was president of the North Penn League of Women Voters (1953-56), and a state director of the League of Women Voters. In 1960, she co-chaired the successful Dick Schweiker for Congress campaign. In 1962, she was the first woman appointed to the Montgomery County Planning Commission. She was a board member of the North Penn YMCA, vice chair of the 1964 North Penn United Fund campaign, and a board member of the North Penn Hospital Auxiliary, chairing public relations for its charity ball and "Doc Show" and co-chairing the horse show and country fair. She and her former husband, Don A. Brennan (deceased), often hosted overseas visitors at their colonial farmhouse. Visitors from Afghanistan, India, Iran, Indonesia, Honduras, Denmark, France and Germany stayed in touch with their hosts, often for many years after their visits. She began traveling internationally in 1960, visiting more than 50 countries. In her 80s, she traveled to Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal and Europe. She also attended performances of the Metropolitan Opera for more than 40 years. She was born Beatrice Louise Tucker in Kalmia, Md., March 8, 1918, the daughter of Lester Winfield Tucker and Beatrice Harkins Tucker of Abingdon, Md. She had one brother, Lester Winfield Tucker, Jr. (deceased). She graduated from Aberdeen High School, Aberdeen, Md., in 1935, where she was president of the senior class. She graduated from the University of Maryland (B.S.,1939) where she was vice president of the Women's League, and a member of Mortar Board, and Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. Survivors include Donna L. Brennan, daughter; Frank Clark, M.D., longtime companion; James L. Bergey, son-in-law; Judy Johnston Wexler and Salil Gutt, dear friends; Nephews L. W. Tucker, III; Edward Buckley Tucker, James Wagner Tucker; Bernard J. Brennan, IV; and Alfred Smiley. The memorial service for Tuck Brennan will be held on August 6, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium at Foulkeways, 1120 Meetinghouse Rd, Gwynedd, PA 19436. Arrangements are by Huff & Lakjer Funeral Home, Lansdale. www.huffandlakjer.com
Published in The Reporter on July 27, 2014
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