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Doug Scudamore

1943 - 2013

Douglas Earl Scudamore, an extraordinary and tireless family patriarch, friend, volunteer, and St. Louis Cardinal fan, died at home on August 5. With background sounds of his beloved LA Phil on the stereo, and the squeals and splashing of grandchildren in the backyard pool, Doug quietly succumbed to cryptococcal meningitis.

Born in Evansville, Indiana, in 1943, to William Earl Scudamore and Gladys Fay Hon Scudamore, Doug grew up in the farmlands of southern Illinois where he attended a one-room school through 5th grade. He always credited this early education for his ability to make instant math-calculations; apparently the result of competition with older students. In high school he was a four sport varsity athlete - quarterback, guard, pitcher and hurdler. Doug graduated with High Honors from the University of Illinois, where he served as president of Alpha Kappa Lambda Fraternity, and went on to earn his MBA at Harvard Business School.

Careers in the financial industry led him from accountancy with Deloitte, Haskins & Sells in San Francisco and New York City, to equipment leasing with U.S. Leasing Corporation in San Francisco. In 1982, Doug established a joint venture in Los Angeles between U.S. Leasing and Orient Leasing of Tokyo, and served as CEO and President until bought out by Japanese investors. He spent several years with McDonnell Douglas Finance Corporation and then established his own business in equipment leasing and investment banking for small companies.

Doug loved baseball, and particularly "the Cards". He could launch into statistical baseball minutia with the slightest encouragement. His 95 year old mother recalls this love developing as a child, listening to the games from St. Louis as he pretended to be the pitcher, throwing his ball against the old smokehouse on the family's farm.

He also loved his fraternity brothers, the Olympics, Bridge, sports, travel, cats, National Parks, playing the stock market, country rock, children, his friends and custard pie. Most of all, he loved his family. He is survived by his mother; his wife of 48 years, Jo Wedler Scudamore; children: David Scudamore (Jennifer Reich) and Alisa Scudamore (Marcus Malinosky); grandchildren: Harrison, Lilia and Jonas Scudamore, and Karis Malinosky; sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and Karl Mitchener; and nephews: Karl, Kurt and Kris Mitchener. He was preceded in death by his father.

Doug was a devoted volunteer having served on the Boards of Directors for Harbor Interfaith Shelter and Toberman Neighborhood Center in San Pedro, various community and school committees, and as Moderator and recipient of " The Good Shepard Award" for The Neighborhood Church (UCC).

In 1998, Doug received a double transplant due to loss of kidney function because of Type 1 diabetes. In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring his memory with a donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: http://jdrfevents.donordrive.com/campaign/dougscudamore

A Memorial Service to honor Doug is scheduled for Friday, August 16, 2013, at 11:00am, at The Neighborhood Church, 415 Paseo Del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Aug. 13, 2013
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