Remembering Pat Scully: “Someone Who Loved Dogs”

The Board of Directors and staff of the American Kennel Club mourn the passing of Patricia A. Scully, who died on January 31. Scully, of Suffern, New York, was a former AKC Board Member, passionate Pug fancier, and steadfast supporter of the AKC Companion Events program.

“I served with Pat Scully for four years when I was a member of the Board of Directors,” Patricia Laurans told Canine Chronicle. “She was someone who loved dogs, especially Pugs. … She championed what she believed in and never wavered. No matter how she was, she was always friendly, approachable, and upbeat.” Scully’s tireless work in behalf of the sport earned her the Richard H. D’Ambrisi Obedience Award, three Gaines Sportsmanship Awards, and a 2012 AKC Lifetime Achievement Award.

During her more than 50 years in dogs, Scully served the sport in nearly every capacity: director, president, show chair, and honorary lifetime and Hall of Fame member of the Pug Dog Club of America; AKC Delegate from the Obedience Training Club of Hawaii and a four-term AKC Board Member; director, president, and obedience chairman of the Tuxedo Park Kennel Club; honorary lifetime member of the K-9 Obedience Training Club of Essex County (New Jersey); former director, obedience chairman, and honorary lifetime member of the Ramapo Kennel Club. Somehow, she found time to be an accomplished equestrian who rode in prestigious horse shows.

Laurans says, “I can still see her arriving at annual meetings wearing a lei of orchids sent to her by the Obedience Training Club of Hawaii … a club she served tirelessly and well. I also remember her bringing a Pug to the Hotel when we had Delegate or Board meetings—and seeing her in the elevator as she took him out for his walks.”

A native of Newark, New Jersey, Scully was a Cornell University graduate who spent 25 years as a cardiovascular pharmacologist for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, of Pearl River, New York. She is survived by her brother, E. Richard Scully; three cousins; and a niece.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Baker Institute for Animal Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, 235 Hungerford Hill Road, Ithaca, NY 14835.