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James McNulty

July 13, 1968 ~ May 10, 2022 (age 53)




MCNULTY, James of West Roxbury MA, passed away on May 10, 2022.  Born in Chicago IL, he was the cherished son of Jill McNulty and the late John W. McNulty Sr.  Beloved partner of Catherine Glover.  Survived by his sister-in-law Beth McNulty and nephews Ryan and Luke McNulty, Mary Kay Klein, John and Myriah Klein and their children Willow, Rowan and Linden, and Kevin and Heather Klein, as well as many friends and colleagues. He was predeceased by his wife Karen Klein McNulty and his brother John W. McNulty Jr.


James graduated from the University of Chicago Lab High School and Drake University and earned an MS in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the Illinois Institute of Technology.  A dedicated and passionate scientist, he was proudly working for Vertex Pharmaceuticals at the time of his death, involved on the team working towards a cure for Type 1 diabetes. He had previously worked at Stryker Biotech, ImmunoGen Inc., and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

James was a passionate advocate for the Adult Congenital Heart Association and served in several roles over the years in ACHA. He was a speaker at numerous ACHA conferences and an avid fundraiser for the annual heart walks. At the time of his passing, he was a New England representative on the Patient and Family Advisory Board and hoped to advocate for better treatment options and advance scientific research. He lived with his congenital heart disease with great courage and resilience, never letting it curtail his goals.

James was a brilliant, kind, generous and loving man, with a great sense of humor, who cared passionately about politics, current events, and the future of the country. A proud Chicagoan, he ended up making New England his home. He thoroughly enjoyed exploring New England, and especially loved Cape Ann.

A virtual celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 11am ET.  Details and Zoom link to come later on the Lawler and Crosby Funeral Home website.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in James’s memory to the Karen Klein McNulty Fund of the Adult Congenital Heart Association, 280 North Providence Road, Suite 6, Media PA 19063.  https://www.achaheart.org/get-involved/donate/give-to-acha/





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