James and Catherine Kealey Scholarship
As the son of two southeastern Iowa farmers, Dr. Gerald P. “Pat” Kealey learned the values of hard work and loyalty. His parents, the late James and Catherine Kealey, recognized their son’s talents and skills and strongly encouraged him to pursue a career in medicine. Now, as a professor in the Department of Surgery and director of the Burn Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Dr. Gerald P. “Pat” Kealey has chosen to memorialize his parents by supporting the James and Catherine Kealey Scholarship Fund.
With his parents’ blessings and support, Dr. Kealey earned several degrees from the University of Iowa, including a B.A. degree in science education in 1966 and an M.D. degree in 1969. After serving as a medical officer in the Navy, he returned to his studies at the University and received an M.S. degree in pharmacology in 1975. He completed a general surgery residency in 1977.
Dr. Kelley’s decision to become a surgeon was clearly influenced by his parents, and his love for the medical profession was sculpted out of the self-discipline and dedication that he learned at home. “You’ve got to be willing to work when you’re tired and be honest with yourself,” he said.
This scholarship fund was created in 1983 at the request of Dr. George Baker, the associate dean for student affairs, and it has been solely supported by Dr. Kealey in honor of his parents. He hopes this fund will help medical students from southeastern Iowa who have committed themselves to working hard and serving their patients well.
Congratulations on receiving the James and Catherine Kealey Scholarship