Nobles, Dr. W. Scott age 85, died Dec. 24th in St. Paul. He is survived by his wife, Judy; daughters, Rebecca (Greg) Mowe & Jennifer (Jim Fisher) Pietka; a son, Tony (Jill) Nobles; 12 grandchildren; 5 great- grandchildren; 2 brothers. He is also survived by thousands of former students. While earning his B.A. from Southeastern Oklahoma State College, he & his partner won the first ever national collegiate debate tournament in 1947. He received his M.A. from Case Western Reserve in 1948 and his Ph.D. from LSU in 1955. His education was twice interrupted by tours of duty in the U.S. Navy, once during WWII and once during the Korean conflict. Scott was a prize-winning debate teacher and professor of speech / communication at Univ. of Oregon from '55-'69. From '69 until his retirement from full-time teaching in '93, he was a Dewitt Wallace Distinguished Professor of Speech / Communication and Director of Forensics and Macalester College. He consistently produced a nationally recognized program, leading one of his teams to win the national CEDA tournament in two consecutive years. He was twice selected to coach American Debate teams who competed internationally. At Macalester he also created the Law & Society interdepartmental program and twice served as president of the faculty. An expert on debate and political persuasion, he served as president of several national forensics organizations & was frequently called upon by local & national media to analyze Presidential debates. Scott received many awards including being honored as the Outstanding National Debate Teacher / Coach of the 1960's (1970), being named "Grand Master of Debate" by CEDA (1992), being designated as Distinguished Alumnus at Southeastern Oklahoma State (1996), and bring inducted into the MN High School League Hall of Fame (2001). Aside from his academic activities, he loved dancing, watching sports and playing duplicate bridge. Many thanks to Dr. John Vukelich and to the staff of Cerenity Care Center on Humboldt for their many years of kind, competent care. In lieu of attending a memorial service, friends are encouraged to visit someone in a nursing home. Memorials may be giving to the Dr. W. Scott Nobles Scholarship fund at Macalester College.
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Published in Star Tribune on January 4, 2009