Donor Stories and Legacies


John ’64 and Judy Scully Use IRA to Help Fund
“a Better World”

John and Judy Scully

As a retired major general in the U.S. Army Reserves, John E. Scully, Jr. ’64 understands, and lives, service and giving back. It’s why he serves as a member of the advisory board for the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and why he and wife Judy established a fellowship for students pursuing a PhD in peace studies.

“The young adults at the Kroc want to give back to their countries and to their people,” John said. “They’re not in it for money. It’s selfless community service.”

“During our involvement with the Kroc we’ve seen strong academics and a passionate commitment to peace and justice,” Judy added. “It’s awesome to be a part of that.”

John’s family connections to Notre Dame trace back to the era of Knute Rockne and extend through the current generation. His mother’s first cousin, Charles Collins ’24, was one of the “Seven Mules” who blocked for the famed “Four Horsemen” on the 1924 championship football team. Their son, John E. Scully III, graduated from Notre Dame in 1996, and their son-in-law, Jack Tucek, graduated in 1992. Other family connections to Notre Dame include Judy’s uncle, James Kramer ’56, and her brother, Ted Purvin ’67.

However, it was the value of a Notre Dame education that attracted John to South Bend. Earning an English degree gave him an excellent background in writing and speaking, while Army ROTC helped him to become a leader. Those skills served him well in his careers in the Reserves and banking, with John retiring as group senior vice president of human resources for LaSalle Bank.

Judy was his high school sweetheart. A retired school psychologist and educator, Judy shares John’s passion for education. A lifelong learner, she graduated from Rosary College in River Forest, Ill., in 1966, later earned master’s degrees from both Northeastern Illinois University in 1978 and the National College of Education in 1986, and earned an Ed.D. in school psychology in 1988.

The Scullys’ appreciation for Catholic higher education is shared by their daughters, Julie Tucek, who graduated from St. Mary’s College in 1992, and Melissa Kotrba, who graduated from St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind., in 1991.

In addition to annual contributions, the Scullys have made the Scully Family Fellowship at Notre Dame the beneficiary of his IRA in their estate plans. “When you fund a scholarship or fellowship, the money will live beyond you,” John said. “We also want to motivate our children and grandchildren to consider supporting the Fellowship.” John simply completed a beneficiary designation form to make this IRA gift.

This isn’t the first time the Scullys have demonstrated their passion for education by making a commitment to Notre Dame. The Scullys established a family scholarship during the last campaign—The Scully Family Scholarship.

“Helping the next generation attend college is on us,” Judy said. “We’re playing a small part in helping students who are going to make this a better world.”