Jay Raymond Sculley
Captain, United States Air Force
Department Head, BOV Member, Civil Servant and Dedicated Alumnus Dr. Jay
R. Sculley Dies
The Superintendent regrets to inform the VMI
community of the death on January 6, 2007, of Dr. Jay R. Sculley.
In commenting on Dr. Sculley’s passing, James
F. Spellman Jr. ’85, President of the VMI Alumni Association, Inc. remarked
“We are all saddened to hear of the passing of such a well-rounded and
dedicated VMI alumnus. As a faculty member, coach and department head and
in his involvement with the BOV and Foundation, Dr. Sculley clearly devoted
much energy, enthusiasm and time to a school he loved. We were lucky to
have enjoyed his talents and his presence will be missed a great deal.”
Funeral services will be held on Friday, February
23, at 1 p.m. at the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel interment will follow at
Arlington National Cemetery with Full Military Honors. In lieu of flowers
donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, The American
Heart Association or the VMI Foundation.
Jay Raymond Sculley, 66, a retired Air Force officer, professor and engineer who in the 1980s was assistant secretary of the Army for research, development and acquisition, died of cardiac arrest January 6, 2007, at his home in Vienna, Virginia.
Dr. Sculley had been chairman of the engineering
department at Virginia Military Institute when, in 1981, President Ronald
Reagan named him an Assistant Secretary of the Army with oversight of the
office charged with maintaining total preparedness of the Army.
As a key figure in the buildup, Dr. Sculley fielded requests for military combat support systems and other equipment; evaluated bids from potential defense contractors; and determined which contract delivered the best capability at the best purchase price, said retired Army Brigadier General Mike Bissell.
"He was a very smart individual, very intellectual but humble," said Bissell, who for a time served as an executive officer to Dr. Sculley at the Army Department. "His mind could retain an infinite amount of data. But he also had the ability to focus on people.
If someone wanted to make a modification to the Abrams tank, he knew the people to bring in to the project, the right questions to ask, and he could clearly articulate his position."
Dr. Sculley, the son of an Air Force officer, was born in Englewood, New Jersey, and grew up on or near numerous military bases, including installations in Newfoundland and Germany.
He was a teenager when his family came to Northern Virginia. He graduated from Annandale High School in 1958 and received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from VMI in 1962.
He then accepted a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force and served three years -- including as an aide to the commander in chief of U.S. Air Forces in Europe -- before a diagnosis of juvenile diabetes led to his retirement on disability.
Turning to academics, Dr. Sculley received a master's degree in 1970 and a doctorate in 1974, both in environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
He taught at VMI for about 10 years and started its intercollegiate soccer team. He served on VMI's board of visitors and as chairman of the VMI Research Laboratories board of directors.
A few years after he served as Assistant Secretary of the Army, Dr. Sculley joined what is now Grumman Corp. on Long Island, New York, as vice president of advanced studies and technologies.
From 1992 to 1999, he was chairman and chief executive of what is now Allied Defense Group in McLean, and he was a member of its board of directors until his death.
He also was a member of the advisory board of Horne International in Falls Church, a vice president of Echo Storm Inc. in Suffolk, Va., and an active board member at Shenandoah University.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, PeggyLee
Winkel Sculley of Vienna; a daughter, Rebecca Lee Sculley of Denver; a
son, Matthew Jay Sculley of Lexington; three brothers; and a sister.
On Saturday, January 6, 2007 at his residence in Vienna, Virginia. Beloved husband of Peggy Lee Sculley; devoted father of Rebecca Lee Sculley and Matthew Jay Sculley; son of the late Raymond and Sheila Sculley; brother of Steven, Mark, and Sean Sculley and Sheila Smith. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 23, at 1 p.m. at the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel interment will follow at Arlington National Cemtery with Full Military Honors.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to
the American Diabetes Association, The American Heart Assoction or the