October 10, 1950 – July 11, 2020
Anthony Joseph Scioly was born October 10, 1950, and died July 11, 2020. He was relentless and valiant in his battle against Acute Myeloid Leukemia, but after 10+ months of treatment, he died at home under hospice care, with his family. Tony had a distinguished academic career, graduating from the University of Washington, and the University of Michigan with a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry. He taught at Siena Heights University for more than 30 years, teaching chemistry and physics, as well as occasionally teaching Classical Greek and Latin. Tony was the Chair of the Department for many years, and served as the longest standing Chair of the Academic Standards Committee. He won the Outstanding Faculty Award in 1999. He retired in 2016, as Professor Emeritus. But more importantly, he valued his family, and loved them generously and without reserve. If he regretted anything in his last days, it is that he won’t be here to see his grandsons graduate from high school and go on to college, or marry and have children. He leaves behind his wife, Claudia; his daughter, Meredith (Christopher); and his grandsons, Connor and Gavin. He was cherished as a husband, father, and poppa. Forever, as long as we live, we will miss him. There will be no service. Donations may be made to the Scholarship Fund at Siena Heights University, Development Office, 1247 Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, MI 49221, or online at sienaheights.edu.
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July 29, 2020
I did his March Madness NCAA Basketball 🏀 Tournament Pool every year, for many years. He would fax the brackets over to our funeral home and all the staff would join in. I even moved to Japan 🇯🇵 from 1999-2002 and entered the pool by fax overseas at the mortuary I was working at over there and had a friend from Indiana who was teaching English there was so happy to get into bracket action in 2001 also. God Bless the Scioly Family.
Barry Purse, Tecumseh, MI
July 16, 2020
From walking me down the aisle to lunches at Cantoro's, my heart is flooded with loving memories of Tony. His love of teaching was only surpassed by his love for his family. He was amazing and I will be forever grateful that he was my brother.
July 14, 2020
Circa 1963, Spokane, about this time. The summer "uniform" was white t-shirt, cut-off jeans, white socks, and sneakers, US Keds, or PF Flyers, no Converse.
Me: "Tony! I found a bunch of sulfur chunks by the railroad tracks. Can we mix it with charcoal briquets and make gunpowder?"
Tony (the bright young chemist already): "Yes if you add potassium nitrate".
"How can we get some".
"I think you can get it at the drugstore".
"What if they ask us what we want it for?"
"We'll tell them that your mom needs it for canning"
Off we went for a mile hike to the East Mission Pharmacy. It was more than just a drugstore, had a really cool soda fountain, toys, etc. We bought first the usual kid stuff, candy bar, pop, comic book. Then Tony asks the man if he has any saltpeter(every day term for KNO3). Drugstore man: "What for?"
"Our mom is canning and she wanted us to pick some up for her".
The way it came out and the feeble expressions on our faces where a dead giveaway that we were up to no good.
Drugstore man, serious but half smiling: "I think you better have your mom come over and get it herself."
We knew we were had, didn't even try to argue.
Us: "Ok, yeah sure we'll tell her she has to pick it up".
On the walk home, we laughed about how terribly unconvincing we were; then soon forgot about the whole idea. A new adventure was already looming...with more to follow.
The big events are good but it's the everyday things we've shared that are the greatest and will endure. It's not easy to let you go.
July 13, 2020
Tony had a large extended family. We were all brought up to value education, and Tony's life lived out that message and paid it forward to America. It's nice to see that smile again. Our times together were always a fun occasion, and we will never forget him.