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Longtime region cardiologist John T. Scully dies at 89

John T. Scully

VALPARAISO | Cardiologist Dr. John T. Scully, 89, is being remembered as a distinguished physician, a dedicated teacher and mentor and a devoted family man.

Scully, of the Shorewood community in Union Township, died Tuesday after battling cancer.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 509 W. Division Road in Valparaiso. The Rev. Dough Mayer will officiate.

Visitation for Scully is from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Burns Funeral Home, 10101 Broadway in Crown Point, and from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass at the church. Burial will be at Calumet Park Cemetery, 2305 W. 73rd Ave. in Merrillville.

In his obituary, his daughter, Dr. Sharon Harig, wrote that her father was “universally admired for his tremendous devotion to the practice of medicine, compassion for his patients and dedication to teaching and mentoring of physicians and nurses.”

Scully was born and raised in Gary, attended Holy Angels grade school and graduated from Horace Mann High School. While studying for his bachelor’s degree at Indiana University in Bloomington, he volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II as a lieutenant in the Army Medical Administrative Corps.

Following the war, Scully completed his undergraduate degree and attended medical school at the University of Maryland with the aid of the GI Bill. He received his doctor of medicine degree in 1951 and served his residency in internal medicine at the Youngstown (Ohio) Hospital. He also was certified as a specialist in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

During his nearly five decades of practicing medicine in Northwest Indiana, Scully was on the medical staffs at St. Anthony hospital in Crown Point, Methodist Hospitals and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart.

He took on leadership roles at the hospitals, including the chairmanship of the department of medicine at Methodist and St. Mary’s. He was a founding partner of Internal Medicine Associates and taught at the medical school at Indiana University Northwest.

For 27 years, he served as medical director of the intensive care unit at St. Mary Medical Center. When he retired in 2000, that unit was named the John T. Scully ICU.

The many honors Scully received for his service to the community included Sagamore of the Wabash, the Blessed Mary Katherine Kasper Healthcare Award, the American Heart Association’s Heart of Gold Award, the Shamrock Award from the Friendly Sons of Erin and Andrean Man of the Year.

His passion for sports led him to follow IU basketball, Notre Dame football and the Andrean High School ’59ers.

Scully is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joan; children Dr. Sharon Harig, of Dyer, John A. Scully, of Dallas, Susan Scully, of Valparaiso, and Dr. Thomas Scully, of Tucson, Ariz. He also is survived by eight grandchildren; two sisters, Madeline Scully Cowgill and Betty Scully Martin; and nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. John Scully Medical Scholarship Fund, c/o The Legacy Foundation.

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