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Scott Swanson, 36, passed away on Monday, Jan. 11. In his short life, Scott achieved a national and state-wide reputation as a pioneer in the development and deployment of strategic educational technologies. Scott was a passionate volunteer for a wide variety of causes and a teacher and mentor to many students. In 2008, he was awarded the Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award from the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) in Aurora, Illinois, for his distinguished achievements and leadership contributions in his professional field of endeavor. Born with a serious heart defect, Scott defied generations of doctors' predictions; his experiences made him a gifted counselor to and advocate for friends and colleagues facing medical crises. He was a lifelong gourmet, delighting friends with his restaurant recommendations (especially in his hometown, Chicago, and his adopted hometown, New York) and his home-cooked masterpieces. Scott was the beloved son of Gail Cotovsky; stepson of Sherwyn Cotovsky, and brother to hundreds of his friends. He graduated from Avery Coonley School, Downers Grove, in 1987 and IMSA, Aurora, in 1990. He attended Brown University before embarking on a career in technology and new media, including positions with EarthWeb and Children's Television Workshop in New York City. He joined IMSA's staff in 2004, serving as an Application Developer and later as Strategic Technology Coordinator. In recent years, Scott was a docent for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) in Second Life, an online "virtual world," and a strategic thinking partner for leaders with the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce/InnovateNow!, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and Cisco. For information regarding the celebration of Scott's life and memorial contributions, please contact Michael Peil at [email protected].
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Jan. 15, 2010
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