Scott Andrew Mackler, MD, PhD
Scott Andrew Mackler, MD, PhD, recipient of the Order of the First State, Delaware's highest civilian honor, died Wednesday evening at home after a courageous 15-year battle with ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease. Scott was a physician-scientist at the University of Pennsylvania Pearlman School of Medicine and at the Philadelphia VA Hospital. He was a Penn Quaker through and through—graduating with a total of four degrees.
Born on May 7, 1958 and raised in Bloomfield, NJ, Scott excelled at every facet of life. His intellect was matched only by his passion for athletics. He played soccer in college and continued playing until stricken by ALS at the age of 40. Scott was an avid marathoner, completing both the Boston and New York City Marathons multiple times. He also coached both his sons' soccer teams throughout their youth and had a lasting effect on countless young soccer players.
Scott excelled as both a neuroscientist and physician. He received several awards for his successful research on drug addiction, which focused on a protein in the brain that he and his colleagues discovered. Ironically, Scott spent the later years of his research studying that protein's possible connection to ALS, the disease that robbed him of all muscle movement over the last 15 years.
Scott was an inspiration to all who knew him. He was featured in countless news articles and magazines, including being featured on CBS News' 60 Minutes. He was, through these and with his owns words and example, the consummate teacher.
He is survived by his wife, Lynn Snyder-Mackler; sons, Alexander and Noah; daughter-in-law Laura Mackler; brother Harvey Mackler, sister Randi Windheim, nieces and nephews, his caregiver Dana Crumpler Williams, his Bayada nurses and hundreds of members of Scott's crew, students and friends who aided his incredible journey. Each day it took an army, and Scott inspired one.
Graveside services will be held 1:00 pm Friday, November 15, 2013 at Beth Emeth Memorial Park, 1220 Faulkland Rd. Wilmiungton, DE 19805. A memorial service will be held 2:00 pm Sunday November 17th at Temple Beth El, 301 Possum Park Rd. Newark, DE 19711. Shiva will be observed 7:30 pm Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the late residence.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the Scott A. Mackler, MD, PhD Assistive Technology fund at the ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia.