John E. McNally, MD, Boston, MA
John Edward McNally of Boston, MA, died suddenly on Monday, August 27th, one day after celebrating his 81st birthday. Dr. McNally was born in Fitchburg, MA, the middle of five children. He graduated from St. Bernardís High School in 1949, and later from St. Anselmís College and St. Louis University School of Medicine.
In his senior year of Med School, he met his lifelong love Lenora Skruck of Hubbard, Ohio, who was also attending St. Louis University (School of Nursing). Upon graduating Medical School, and after a one year internship in St. Louis, he married Lenora on August 30th, 1958. He then entered the Public Health Service, and, as he and Lenora began raising a family, they lived in Providence, RI, Baltimore,MD New York City, NY, Seattle, WA, and Boston, MA, all locales where he worked on various assignments.
In 1966, they settled with their five children in Manchester, NH. Dr. McNally established a pathology practice at the Elliot Hospital. It became a thriving practice with three partners serving. In addition to the Elliot, he also worked at outlying hospitals in Peterborough and Derry. He served as President of the Medical Staff in the late seventies, and also as the head of the Pathology Department. He was very active within the community, serving as a co-founder of the New Hampshire Symphony, and presiding on various boards in the city.
Dr. McNally retired after 31 years and moved to Boston in 1997, acquiring a home on Beacon Street, several blocks from the Boston Common. He truly loved the city, and had a keen mind and curiosity, taking full advantage of the cityís educational environs. He and Lenora took courses in literature, philosophy, history and politics at Harvard, BU, BCAE and CCAE. He taught himself both Spanish and French. They became members of the Boston Symphony and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. They also enjoyed the theater and dining at the many restaurants within walking distance of their Back Bay home.
They shared the love of travel. It was an interest that began when Dr. McNally was in the Public Health Service, and travelled as part of his job. It became a lifelong passion for them. They visited every country in Europe, went on a walking tour of the Swiss Alps, barged on the Seine in France and went to China twice. They also visited Australia and New Zealand, with Antarctica being the only continent they never saw, although it was on their list!
In addition to his beloved wife Lenora of fifty four years, Dr. McNally leaves five children: Catherine Allen of Somerville, MA, Monica Hough of Falmouth, MA, Sean McNally of Newton, MA, Alicia McNally of PA, and Alexandra McNally of Boston, MA. He also leaves a brother, Jeremiah, of Baltimore. He delighted in and adored his nine grandchildren: Cole, John Henry, Wesleigh, Ned, Thomas, Kenneth, Edith, Ella and Will. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Services will include a small memorial service on the one year anniversary of his passing.