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Earle S. Scott ’49

Earle S. Scott ’49, July 9, 2002, in Ripon, Wisconsin. Earle was a Phi Beta Kappa chemistry graduate at Reed and received a PhD in inorganic chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1952. He taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and at Amherst College before accepting a position at Ripon College in 1962. He retired from Ripon in 1987 and was awarded an honorary degree from the college in 2001. Scott devoted his life to teaching, a career that began as assistant to Arthur Scott [chemistry 1923–79] at Reed. "It was a lulu," he said later of his responsibility to the laboratory program in quantitative analysis, including managing a lab with 40 students. In addition to his work with college students, Earle worked with teachers and students in the public schools, taught in summer institutes for high school science teachers, presided on the local school board, and volunteered for the Ripon Historical Society. During World War II, he served with the Naval Hospital Corps, primarily in the South Pacific. He married Joy Hegg in 1944 and they had seven children, all of whom survived him. He also is survived by his wife, eight grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2003

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