SCOFIELD Richard Anthony Scofield, whose experience with education led him to help start Housatonic Community College to support local community education needs, died Tuesday in Stratford, Connecticut. He was 84. While serving for eight years as an elected official on the Stratford Board of Education, Mr. Scofield presented the concept of a junior college in upper Fairfield country, which led to his being Chairman of the Advisory Council that established Housatonic Community College in 1966. His vision was to have an easy path to higher education for local residents. Additionally, he served on the Ad Hoc Committee for the development of an aircraft mechanics school at Sikorsky Memorial Airport. Mr. Scofield, known as Dick, was born on June 16, 1926, in Milford, Connecticut and grew up in the Silver Sands neighborhood. Subsequently moving to Bridgeport, Connecticut where he attended Warren Harding High School before enlisting at age 16 in the U.S. Navy in 1942, and serving as a Quartermaster with a rank of Petty Officer First Class in the southwest Pacific aboard the LSM-184 during World War II. After returning in 1946, Mr. Scofield graduated from the Teacher's College of Connecticut and the University of Bridgeport. In 1954, he married Gertrude Johnson of Lordship. She survives him. In addition he is survived by his sons Jefferson R. Scofied (Kimberlee) of Houston Texas, Tyler J. Scofield of Houston, Texas, Todd C. Scofield (Christine) of Stratford, Connecticut; by his daughter Jane A. Scofield (Steven B. Hackett) of Shelton, Connecticut; nine grandchildren: Katie (Ben Chandler), Reid, Megan, Michael, Ryan, Mead, Erin, Lindley and Bryce; and great-grand-daughter, Ella K. Chandler. He was preceded in death by his son Mead J. Scofield, his granddaughter Kristen L. Scofield, and his brothers Russell J. Scofield and Roger C. Scofield. He is also survived by his sister Mary Lou Vanacore of Milford, his brothers Ralph F. Scofield (Betty) and Robert E. Scofield, all of Stratford, and his deceased brother Roger C. Scofield's widow, Lillian Scofield Krause of Westport. He retired back to his shorefront home in Lordship, after 33 years as a senior executive with United Technologies, serving at Sikorsky Aircraft; Otis Elevator Asia Operations in Singapore and San Francisco; and The Essex Group in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was well known for his antics such as attending a company social as Tarzan when the attire requested "come as you are". His charitable corporate work extended into the community where he would fly by helicopter to the Southbury and Mansfield Training Schools to play Santa Claus for the residents. Mr. Scofield also served as a Sikorsky Aircraft's representative to the United Way. Mr. Scofield was also a lifelong water enthusiast instilling his love of the water in his children and serving on the local Power Squadron. Family and friends may attend a memorial service at Milford Yacht Club, 131 Trumbull Avenue, Milford, Connecticut on Friday, July 23 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the Mead Jon Scofield Memorial Award, care of Stratford High School, 45 North Parade, Stratford, CT 06615. Mr. Scofield will be buried at sea, during a final ceremony at the mouth of the Housatonic River, a place that was dear to his heart.
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Published in Connecticut Post from July 17 to July 18, 2010