Dr. John Scully was dedicated to his career, and served as a mentor to many, said his wife, Joan Scully.
He was passionate about medicine, dedicated to teaching others, and kind and compassionate with his patients.
“A lot of people told me they learned so much about medicine by watching John,” she said. “He was a mentor to so many, and an outstanding teacher for nurses. They learned by watching him diagnose and treat, but also treat people with kindness and compassion.”
Dr. John Scully, 89, of Valparaiso, died Nov. 19. He had a long and distinguished career, which included five decades in Lake County. Upon his retirement in 2000, St. Mary’s Hospital named it’s intensive care unit the John T. Scully ICU in honor of his 27 years as its director.
He was involved in many community and professional organizations, and received many awards, including the Sagamore of the Wabash, given to him by the governor. He also enjoyed teaching medicine at Indiana University Northwest.
Dr. Scully enlisted in the Army during World War II, and was a lieutenant in the Army Medical Administrative Corps.
He received some training at The Citadel, and then completed his undergraduate and medical school training at the University of Maryland.
His work in the Army spawned his love of medicine and put him on his lifelong career path.
Dr. Scully never turned a patient away, even if they didn’t have insurance or the ability to pay. And his daughter, Susan Scully, said her father continued to make house calls late into his career.
“Even when they went out the window, he continued to make them,” she said. “He was always dedicated and humble.”
Despite his busy professional schedule, he always made time for his children and grandchildren and attended their sporting events as much as possible.
“He was selfless, compassionate, ethical and hard-working,” said his daughter. “I think all four of his kids would agree on that.”