Dear Scruggs Family,
I was very sadden to hear of the passing of my beloved professor Dr. Scruggs. I had the honor of being his student for two semesters at Syracuse. He opened my mind to African American history and to this day, I try to follow in his footsteps. He always pushed us toward excellence. He will be truly missed.
Cassandra Veney, Ph.D.
We were both honored to be taught by Dr. Scruggs as freshman US History students in 1959. We learned not only history but also study skills that helped us to succeed throughout our college careers.
Our deepest thanks to him and our sincerest sympathy to you, his family.
Santa Barbara, California
this man taught me in the first offering of maxwell 102 (or 101?) at syracuse, a class that was team taught by some of the best professors in the maxwell school. i was moved by his presentation because i never before had a black male instructor--at any level. in fact, i was so moved that i asked two of my best friends, andre del valle and charles yarborough to attend his next lecture. professor scruggs retired early in my undergraduate career, so i couldn't take another course under his instruction. still, i saw him a few years ago at su and thanked him for the lessons. his passing saddens me. rest in peace, professor scruggs.
Our deepest sympathy, Barbara. We pray that God will bless and comfort you.
Linda & Marion Ervin
Dear Barbara, Jeffery and family, I'm sorry to hear that Dr Scruggs has passed. He was a true scholar and a kind man. I feel blessed to have known all of you.
My deepest condolences to Barbara, Betty, and the whole family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
He was a good man and a good friend. He will be long remembered.
Dear Family of Professor Scruggs, I was a student in dr. Scruggs American History class in 1966. He had a profound affect on me and on my thinking about our history. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. Marilyn Friedman, UCSB, 1967
Mrs. Scruggs. I am truly sorry to hear about Mr. Scruggs. I have such wonderful memories from my childhood of this great man: helping me understand the fundamentals of softball, watching Sunday football games at your house, and what a kind unpretentious person he was. I am so glad that I was able to see you guys years later in Ireland. I am so sorry for your loss. Frank Bonadio
Thank you for your leadership, courage and dedication to the MLK Library at Syracuse University. May your family be comforted at this time of great loss.
Barb & Jeffrey, Jo and I are saddened to learn of Otey's passing. Our thoughts are with you.
Jeff, so sorry to hear about your father. My thoughts are with your family
Dear Barbara and Family,
My condolences to all. Otey died on the day of the Memorial Service for my last sibling.Parting with our loved ones is never easy. May Otey rest in eternal peace.
Cecelia Trower Epperson
I had the honor of working with Otey during my first few years on the History faculty at Syracuse. He was my first teaching mentor and I learned a great deal from his kind and gentle classroom manner. His memory certainly lives on in the things he did to build the department, the stories about him we continue to tell, and his words of wisdom we often repeat. I am so sorry for your loss.
Barb, So sorry to hear of your husband's passing. With deepest sympathy
Joan Guldy Dambroso RN
Dear Barbara, Jeffrey & Robin,
Please accept our sincere condolences for the passing of Otey. He meant a great deal to all of us during our adolescent years and really cherished his being such a great friend to our folks. He will be sorely missed by us all. Monica and I will keep him and you in our prayers.
All our love, Lee & Monica McCain
Jeff, Barbara and Family, My deepest, heartfelt sympathy for Otey's passing. I have such happy memories of growing up with you all. So much so, that I felt like a member of your family, and for that I am truly blessed. I will always remember my "other Dad" with love and affection. Please know he, and you, are in my prayers.
Dear Jeffrey and Barbara and family, As Duffy said, we are deeply saddened to hear of Otey's passing. All of you were such an important part of our growing up years and counted as one of our parent's closest friends. I think of all of you often and an wish I could be there to give you all a hug. You are all in our prayers. Otey was a wonderful man. I always enjoyed hearing his laughter when he and dad were together :-) His legacy lives on in all of you. Much Love.
Dear Barbara, Jeffrey, and family: The McCain family is heartbroken to learn of Otey's passing. We fondly remember our families growing up together. Otey and you will always be in our prayers.
Jeff sorry to hear about your dad. Lost my mom two years ago very tough
Dear Barbara, When I'm in FL, I check the on-line Pgh. papers and was very sorry to see Otey's name today. You have my deepest sympathy on your loss.
Dear Barbara, Jeff and Family.
Our sincere sympathy to you and may you cherish the many fond memories you have of your husband and father. We will always remember Otey as a kind and gentle man and will miss him. May God continue to bless you.
Ann & Leon Haley
Our heartfelt condolences. Prayers are certainly offered by us for you both and for your family. sincerely, Don and Carole
To the Family of Otey Scruggs,
So sorry about your loss. I had the distinct pleasure of working with Otey when I arrived at Syracuse University a number of years ago. He was truly a gentleman, scholar and a pioneer in his field of study. Again my condolences.
Barb, So sorry to hear about Otey. What great memories you have. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Your friend from Upstate, Nancy Brown
Barbara, Sorry for your loss. prayers your way