Scott (Svend) Gonge

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BRANDON - Scott (Svend) Gonge, 82, died peacefully late Tuesday afternoon, March 26, 2013, at Cedar Hill Farm in Brandon with his wife, Lisbeth at his side.

Scott was born on December 23, 1930, in Copenhagen, Denmark, the only child of Svend Gonge and Kirstine Birgitte (Petersen) Gonge.

Scott received his education in Denmark. After college he joined The East Asiatic Company (EAC) and had a life long career in Canada, The Far East, and The United States of America. During his tenure as Chief Executive Officer of EAC, Thailand from 1964-1971, he also served as the Danish Consul General. He was knighted, Ridder af Dannebrog (R.) in 1965.

Scott left EAC in 1979 and bought - in partnership with friends - TROY Chemical Corporation, Inc. New Jersey. He retired in 1987 and served as President Emeritus for a number of years.

Scott established "The Scott Gonge Virginia Fellowship Fund" in order to provide opportunities for Danish students and scholars to participate in the graduate or doctoral programs of The University of Virginia's College of English Language & Literature, and Darden School of Business.

From 2000 to his death, Scott fulfilled the last ambitions of his life. First as a hands-on forester in Chittenden, Vermont, and later as a gentleman-farmer in Brandon, Vermont.

Scott is survived by his wife, Lisbeth Larsen and his two daughters, Susanne Bashkin and Mary Jane D'Ambrosio and her family.

A celebration of his life will take place at a Memorial Reception at his home, 290 Kimball Road in Brandon, on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Scott's ashes will be buried in Denmark at a later date, followed by a Memorial Service at the 1,000-year-old church in the hamlet of Engum, by Vejle.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions in Scott's memory may be made to the Brandon Free Library, 4 Franklin Street, Brandon, VT 05733.
Published in Rutland Herald on Apr. 4, 2013
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