Family Members, College Admission and Extracurriculars

Tape 3

Family Members and College Admission

This begins with Scully going over some additional parts of his early childhood and family history, including his mother's career as a nurse. She first started working with the surgeon Harvey Mudd in St. Louis at Barnes Hospital and then worked as a home nurse after James passed away. Scully never knew his paternal grandparents, and said he spent most of his early life in either New York or New England. Scully also goes over some of his sibling history, including his brother Vincent's early death from a stroke. All of Scully's sisters ended up as schoolteachers, including his sister Rebecca, who left a Catholic convent to become a teacher. Many neighbors and friends helped look after Scully and his brother Vincent as children after their father's death. Scully also talks about some of his experiences in school, including some unusual punishments, pranks and college expectations. During his senior year of high school, Scully applied to the private Colgate University in New York because of an earlier experience at the university, and because Celia's uncle was good friends with the school's dean of admissions, which helped him obtain a large scholarship, becoming one of the first Catholic preparatory school students to not attend a religious college.

Extracurriculars

Scully relates a story about his mother and Cardinal of New York Francis Spellman, and then continues with some of the history and development of New Rochelle. Scully tells about some of his school memories, including extracurricular activities such as choir, football, baseball and glee club. Since he had few family members and relations in the medical field, Scully said he originally intended to work in a science or engineering field. Introduced to the field by his Colgate University roommate Richard Janeway, who later became the dean of Wake Forest Medical School, Scully began taking introductory courses taught by the tough Dr. Charlie Foster, and joined the Sigma Nu fraternity along with several other pre-medical students. After failing a German course, Scully had to renegotiate the terms of his scholarship and began working harder in school. He also joined “The Colgate 13”, a famous a cappella singing group that toured the country, and ended up leading the group during his senior year. Scully took one of the first MCAT tests while in college, and applied to and was accepted at Albany Medical College, later joining the Air Force.