David Sciulli, Professor of Sociology at Texas A & M University, 60, passed from this life on September 17, 2010. He was preceded in death by his father, Oreste Sciulli, and is survived by his wife, Cynthia Sciulli, of College Station, Texas, mother, Julia Fernandez Sciulli, sister Lydia Scappucci, and younger brother Dino Sciulli, along with many nieces and nephews who reside in northern Ohio. Born January 11, 1950 in Amherst, Ohio, David will be remembered for many things not the least of which was his extraordinary intellect.
David Sciulli and Cynthia Ann Rutkowski were married on September 11, 1971, in Lorain, Ohio and soon after the young couple set out for Columbia University in New York City where David, having been awarded a full academic scholarship, earned his PhD in Political Science in 1983. Subsequently, David taught at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, University of Michigan, Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and University of Delaware.
In 1990 his academic reputation drew the attention of Texas A&M University where, after accepting a tenured professorship, David’s innate talents for teaching and writing blossomed. Sciulli, known as much for his discerning tastes in dining and travel as he was for his intellectual prowess, was unique unto himself. He possessed a natural curiosity about the social aspects of the human condition, which inspired the academic body of work that will serve as his legacy for decades to come.
Sciulli was a prolific writer whose contribution to the field of sociology is renowned and respected. As the author, co-author, and editor of over forty-five books, articles, and manuscripts concerning the historical social impact and interaction of culture, professions, law, and political theory, Sciulli served on the board of the International Sociological Association (ISA) and was Editor-in-Chief of the esteemed publication Comparative Sociology and International Studies in Sociology . Over the years, Sciulli was a participant at ISA conferences in Italy, France, Poland, Austria, Spain, and most recently in September of 2008, in Oslo, Norway. It was the last of many trips abroad for the Sciulli’s, and stands at the pinnacle of his sterling career as a teacher, writer, and student of humanity.
There are few words that can capture the true essence of a person like David Sciulli, but Shakespeare came close, ” To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” Or as a modern bard expressed just as well – “I did it my way”. Whether described best by Shakespeare or Sinatra, one thing remains clear: David Sciulli will be remembered as a person of true integrity, remarkable intelligence, and genuine honor. Rest in peace, dear man, yours was indeed a life worth living.
There will be a private memorial service. In lieu of flowers donations may be given to Hospice Brazos Valley for their caring service.