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Donald Scott III ’59

September 3, 2021, in Saint James, New York.

Born on New Year’s Day in New York City, Don spent most of his youth in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, summering at the family home on Lloyd Neck. He attended Germantown Friends School and Reed College, and served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

While in the reserve, he developed a love for engineering and mechanical tinkering. Don was a motorcycle enthusiast and an avid racing fan who rode a Triumph Tiger Cub across much of England, Holland, and France. He was a passionate outdoorsman and environmentalist. As the longtime chair of the Atlantic Chapter River Touring Committee, he led many Sierra Club canoe trips in the New York metro area. He met his wife, Lisa Wurm, canoeing and kayaking on the Nissequogue River. Venturing further afield, Don canoed on Canadian rivers and sailed his catamaran through the Northeast, with favorite ports of call in Mystic, Connecticut; Block Island; and Nantucket. Later in life, he sailed many parts of the Caribbean and boated along rivers in England and France. He lived and worked in Manhattan until the mid-’70s, when he moved to the family home in St. James with his wife, Lisa, and son, Charles, until his death.

A life member of the Clan Scott Society, the Sierra Club, and the Nature Conservancy, Don was a loving owner of a succession of Newfoundland dogs and took pride in providing pet therapy at nursing homes and elementary schools, receiving Volunteer of the Year recognition at Smithtown Nursing Home.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2022

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