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November 26, 2011
I had Dr. Scott for Human Geography in the fall of 1985; he was one of my favorite professors at WWU. He knew how to get his students really interested in the subject matter! Also I attended a Geography Department function where he served some really delicious trifle. I was lucky to have Dr. Scott as a professor.
Take care, Mike Webb Class of 1989
August 02, 2011
His subtle wit and modest bearing were unique. He brought to his appointment at WWU a sharp mind and an excellent advanced higher education plus experience as a teacher. He was a student of the economic historian E.E. Rich at St. Catharines College, Cambridge, and an advanced student of Wreford Watson, the noted geographer at Indiana University -- two of the great scholars of the age. His administrative powers matched his creative zeal. He built bridges others could safely cross. His dedication to the University was unbounded, and he brought others into a web of alliances that would place the University on map in regional studies and in Canadian-American relations. He made WWU a force within the state in the field of historical geography and was well known in Olympia and the Pacific Northwest and beyond for championing archives management. From the personal point of view, I am happy to have had him as a colleague. We fed on each others inspirations but he was the builder. He had the rare capacity to carry thing out against obstacles and other difficulties. He was timeless in devotion. He always said that he wished he had devoted himself to writing the way I had done but, in the end, his creative genius will outlive all my feeble attempts. I was pleased to dedicate my book Fortune's a River, all about the international rivalry for the Columbia River, to him and to another of my co-conspirators, Larry De Lorme. I extend my sympathies to Barta and all his dear friends who, I am sure, also have treasured memories.
Barry Gough, Associate Professor of History, WWU, 1968-1972.
July 31, 2011
Jim and my father were such good friends. I send you my sympathy and condolence for your loss.
July 26, 2011
I am honored to have known James Scott for over twenty-five years.
Jim quickly became one of the most influential men on my life in my early twenties while studying at WWU, and will continue to greatly influence me until the day I pass.
I will truly miss this great man.

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