Resident Spotlight: Jack Daley

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 19th, 2012 in Alpharetta, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?

Easthampton, Massachusetts.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?jack daley

I remember sitting and talking with my brother Dick who died at 7 years old. We had wonderful conversations or so we thought. I loved playing in the lake with my two sisters and their friends. I’d throw them over my shoulders into the water. I’d go rest and they’d come begging for more. When it was raining, I would sleep on the porch and listen to the sound of rain pounding on the roof. When the wind blew, I’d grab my “bed” and sleep on the living room floor.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?

My father gave me $100 to apply to medical schools, which cost $10 for each application. I sent out 9 and thought “What the heck. I’ll apply to Yale.” I was accepted to all, but decided I’d go to Rochester because my Dad was paying for it. My father said, “The hell you say. You’re going to Yale.” So I did. It touched me that my Dad was willing to sacrifice even more.

In those days, you had to take rotating internships – spending a month on each specialty. I re-enlisted in the Army to do my internship again to save money. There was a nurse, Patricia Cunningham, who worked in the nursery and I made every excuse to go to the nursery. Every night I wasn’t on call, we met in the Officers Club and talked. At the end of that year, I was going back to Yale for my residency. I asked her if there was any way she could go to Yale with me. She said, “Why don’t you marry me.” So on June 30, 1951 we married and it lasted for 51 years.

Did you have a profession? If so what industry were you in and what did you do?

OB/GYN in the Air Force. I retired a Colonel and then went to the University of North Carolina to teach at the medical school.

Do you remember what was happening in your life during a significant event in US history such as WWII, Vietnam, Woodstock or any other historical events?

Pearl Harbor – My dad and I listened to the radio and read the newspaper every night. We heard it on the radio. I knew there would be a war. In March 1945 I was drafted, but the war was over before my orders came in.

Which accomplishments in your life do you feel most proud of?

I retired from the University of North Carolina, so on my last day I was in the hospital telling everyone goodbye. All of a sudden a resident came running out of the delivery room looking for help. I entered the delivery room and saw a leg and arm sticking out. So I taught the resident how to deliver that baby by converting it to a breech. That was the last baby I delivered.

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is just graduating college?

Keep striving for completion of your goals. Find a way to reach them.

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is just starting a family?

Learn to appreciate and trust your wife.

What brought you to assisted living here at Dogwood Forest in Alpharetta, GA? Or Why did you choose Dogwood Forest?

My wife died in January and my younger son in February 2007. I’m living in a huge house by myself so my older son suggested that I move to Dogwood to be close to him. It was the best move I ever made because I’m closer to my son and his family, my mattress is comfortable and the food is delicious.

How do you enjoy Dogwood Forest’s assisted living community here in Alpharetta, GA as your new home?

I enjoy being taken care of and the other residents. I sit at a table with 8 ladies which is the highlight of my day.

What is your favorite part of living at Dogwood?

The food.

Who is your best friend at Dogwood?

Louise West.