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Vincent Scully Jr. Obituary
Scully Jr, Vincent
Vincent Joseph Scully, Jr., Sterling Professor Emeritus of the History of Art, Yale University, died on November 30, 2017, at home in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he has lived for the past six years. He was born in New Haven, Connecticut, on August 21, 1920, the only child of Mary Catherine McCormick and Vincent Joseph Scully, who was for many years President of the New Haven Board of Aldermen.
Professor Scully entered Yale University from New Haven's Hillhouse High School in 1936 on a scholarship. After graduating from Yale in 1940, he entered the U. S. Marine Corps as a Lieutenant and rose to the rank of Major during the Second World War, serving in the Mediterranean and Pacific theaters.
He returned to Yale as a graduate student after the war, earning his Ph.D. in 1949. He had been appointed to the Yale faculty in 1947 and continued to teach there with distinction for more than sixty years. His scholarly work covers both ancient and modern architecture, and his teaching of undergraduates and architectural students has broadly influenced the profession. Two chaired professorships bear his name at Yale and in addition, the National Building Museum annually awards a Vincent Scully Prize. Professor Scully was also the recipient of numerous awards and honors.
He is survived by his wife of nearly thirty-seven years, Catherine W. Lynn of Lynchburg. He is also survived by three sons, Daniel V. Scully of Dublin, New Hampshire; Stephen Paul Scully of Boston, Massachusetts; and John David Scully of Woodbridge, Connecticut. Their mother was Susannah Keith Scully. He is also survived by a daughter, Katherine Mary Scully, of Tarrytown, New York, whose mother is Marian LaFollett. In addition, he is survived by five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Professor Scully will be buried in New Haven, Connecticut. A memorial service at Yale University will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest or to the Yale University Art Gallery.
Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family. To send condolences please visit tharpfuneralhome.com.
Published in The New Haven Register on Dec. 3, 2017
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