Jack Scott

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PORTSMOUTH — Jack Edward Scott, 87, of Portsmouth, died Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at the SOMC Hospice Center. He was born Feb. 13, 1926, in Portsmouth, the son of John Edward and Blanche Blair Scott.

On July 19, 1953, he was married to Helen Ruth Bell at Second Presbyterian Church.

Surviving Jack is his wife of 60 years, Helen Bell Scott; two sons, Jonathan E. (Luanne) of Lucasville, and Thomas A. Scott of Portsmouth; and daughter, Rachel Helen (Chuck) Harcha of Stout, all registered pharmacists; two brothers, Ray Mike Scott of Portsmouth, and Roy Pat Scott of Sciotoville; six grandchildren, Evelyn, Lauren and Ian Scott (Jonathan), Kristen Scott (Thomas), Morgan and Hayden Harcha (Rachel). The family were active members of Second Presbyterian Church, where Jack served as elder, clerk of Session, Board of Deacons and Superintendent of Church School for a number of years.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, James Vernon Scott in 1946, and a sister, Lois Jean Campbell in 2013.

Jack was awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1949 at The Ohio State University. Jack began his professional career in 1949 as a registered pharmacist at the Avalon Prescription Shop in Houston, Texas. He returned to Portsmouth after becoming a reserve officer in the Army Medical Service Corps at Brook Army Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.

In 1952, he joined Mercy Hospital as Director of Pharmacy, the hospital's first pharmacist establishing its initial Department of Pharmacy. In addition to directing the Pharmacy, Jack taught pharmacology to Mercy Hospital's School of Nursing. He retired in 1991 having served Mercy Hospital 38 years and designated Director Emeritus of Pharmacy Services, Southern Ohio Medical Center.

During World War II, Jack served his country in the U.S. Army as a Staff Sergeant. He took part in the Battle of Okinawa for which he earned the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with one Bronze Battle Star, and he participated in the Army of Occupation of Korea. He also earned the World War II Victory Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal-Japan. Jack was a member of both the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3638, and the James Dickey Post #23 American Legion.

A dedicated Mason, Jack was privileged to attend the Grand Lodge of Scotland in 2000 and 2006. His Masonic affiliations include; Aurora Lodge # 48 F&AM where he was a 50 + year member, Scottish Rite 32nd Degree Valley of Cincinnati, York Rite Chapter-Council and Commandery-Portsmouth, Scottish Rite Research Society, Royal Order of Scotland, Knight Mason of Dublin, Ireland-Shannon Council #28, Tall Cedars of Lebanon-Cincinnati # 171, Charles Asa Brown #81, Order of Eastern Star Portsmouth Chapter #424- a 50+ year member, Scioto County Scottish Rite Club-past vice president, Plural member-Western Sun Lodge #91 Wheelersburg, Companion Knight of York-York Rite College #196 of North America, Persia Council of Research #8 of the Knight Masons-Dublin, Ireland.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Second Presbyterian Church with Rev. John Gowdy officiating and interment in Memorial Burial Park. Military Graveside Rites will be conducted by the James Dickey Post American Legion Honor Detail.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the RALPH F. SCOTT FUNERAL HOME in Portsmouth, and at the church from noon until 1 p.m. Wednesday. Masonic services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Second Presbyterian Church, 801 Waller St., Portsmouth, OH 45662, and SOMC Hospice, 2201-25th St., Portsmouth, Ohio 45662.

In honor of Mr. Jack Scott's service to his country, the flag of the U.S. Army will fly at the funeral home Tuesday.

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Published in The Daily Times from Nov. 23 to Nov. 24, 2013
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