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Judith Scully, RN, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Health Care Advocate

Judith Scully (BSN ’62), RN, PhD, is a professor emeritus of the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and a member of Loyola’s Board of Trustees. She is an alumna of the school of nursing and received her master’s in community health from St. Xavier University and her PhD in public health from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

In her 25-year tenure at Loyola, she was known for her advocacy on behalf of at-risk students and her commitment to providing health care for those who needed it most. Dr. Scully quietly and effectively makes a difference in people’s lives, demonstrating the Jesuit values of social justice and concern for others. In recognition of her advocacy and commitment to Jesuit values, she received Loyola’s Damen Award in 2009 and was the first recipient of the nursing school’s Spirit of Ignatius Award. She also received several Maywood Chamber of Commerce awards for her tireless work in developing the School-Based Health Center at Proviso East High School in Maywood, where she served as the center’s first director.

What began as an inspiration resulted in more than $3 million of federal, state, and private funding through which teens in this underserved area receive primary care, school physicals, immunizations, mental health, and lab and nutrition services.

Dr. Scully is also proud of her work fostering opportunities for undergraduate nursing students to have a community health experience with English nurses from the National Health Service, which provided students a “window” to a country that offers universal health care.

Although she retired from the school of nursing in 2006, Dr. Scully’s career has always had a community focus. She continues to provide health care at public and Catholic schools in Chicago and chairs the health and social committee for the League of Women Voters in Berrien County, Michigan. There, she continues to advocate for health care for all, and she purchased a community movie theatre, which engages the community in thought-provoking discussions about independent films.


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