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Peter Lowell Scott Sr.

Scott Peter Lowell Scott Sr., passed away on December 14, 2012 at age 85. He was born in Bellaire, Ohio on May 27, 1927, the son of Peter and Pauline Scott. His early years were spent in Shadyside, Ohio until he graduated from Shadyside High School in 1945. He joined the U.S. Navy and entered the V-5 Program and spent two years at Yale University. Later in life he was elected a lifetime member of the Navy League of the U.S.A. He attended Ohio State University Engineering College and graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1949. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. After graduation he took his first position with Foster Transformer Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio. His design work impressed Geophysical Services, Inc. of Dallas, Texas. Geophysical became Texas Instruments. Texas Instruments recruited him and he remained there for three years in the electronics sector. At the age of 25 he resigned to start his own company, "Hermetic Seal Transformer Company". It quickly grew to $8.8 million in sales and was acquired by Dresser Industries in 1957. Peter remained as President of Dresser Electronics until 1963; at which time he resigned. He and his wife, Claire and two sons then spent 1 1/2 years on his yacht cruising the waters of the Bahamas and Florida Keys. His entrepreneurial spirit rose again and he formed a new company, "Scott Electronics" in Orlando, Florida. It became a major supplier of power supplies for military and industrial customers. Scott Electronics was acquire by The National Cash Register Company and Scott soon became Vice President of N.C.R. In 1975 Peter accepted the Presidency of United Technologies Corp. "Norden Systems Division". He reshaped it into a major military electronics contractor. By 1979 he became Executive Vice President of United Technologies, and became a member of the Board of Directors. In 1983 he again left corporate life to form a new company called "Technology Transitions, Inc." in Hartford, Connecticut. Called "TTI" its purpose was to jump start new hi-tech young companies. In 1985 Scott accepted the Chairmanship of Emhart Corporation of Farmington, Connecticut. Emhart thrived and was acquired by Black & Decker Co. Scott then became Chairman of Black & Decker from which he retired in 1990. Scott was a born leader and visionary. He donated nearly 6 million dollars to the building fund for a new world class Engineering Lab at Ohio State University, which was built on the site of the lab he used as an engineering student. The new complex is called "Peter L. & Clara M. Scott Engineering Lab." In 1987 Scott established at Ohio State University, "The Peter L. & Clara M. Scott Award for Excellence in Engineering Education." Peter received the Distinguished Alumni Award and also an Honorary Doctorate from Ohio State. He served on the Board of Directors of Mack Trucks, Hartford Steam Boiler, Dexter Corp., Bank of New England, Planning Research Corp., Kaman Corp. and the National Science Foundation. In addition he was an advisory director to Owens Corning Fiberglass Co., and National Intergroup, and also Corporator to the "Institute of the Living". In 2003 he established the first four year scholarship at Shadyside High School from which he graduated in 1945. He was an avid fly and salt water fisherman. He enjoyed yachting. He also spent long hours designing and making furniture in his woodworking shop. In later life he enjoyed painting in oils. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Clara M. Scott "Claire" of Palm Beach Gardens, FL and Lake Toxaway, N.C. Also by one son, Daryl L. Scott of Orlando, FL.; and by four adult grandchildren, Peter Lowell Scott IV of Chicago, Justin Scott of N.Y., Trevor Scott of California and Alisha Scott of California. Also by one sister, Mrs. Anne Mason of Columbus, Ohio. He will be missed by many people who knew and respected him, also by his loving family.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Feb. 3, 2013
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