Leland Howard Scott 8/11/1925 - 10/19/2013 Lee Scott, community leader and spiritual mentor, died unexpectedly at UMC on Saturday, following two surgeries. Lee came to Tucson in 1958 with his family to be the campus minister with Wesley Foundation at First United Methodist Church. He also was instrumental in the creation of the Campus Christian Center at the University of Arizona. In 1969, he joined the founding faculty of Pima Community College as they met in an "airport hangar." There, Lee taught Humanities, served as a guidance counselor and was active with college leadership until his retirement in 1990. He was one of the original two recipients awarded with the title Professor Emeritus at Pima College. A life-long social justice advocate, Lee fought tirelessly for the underserved, working with multiple agencies. Lee received an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California as part of the US Navy Program during World War II. He then attended Garrett Theological Seminary at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, followed by a doctorate degree from Yale University. Recently, Lee was very active in the Pima Open Admissions Coalition, advocating equality for all applicants. Lee was preceded in death by wife, Kaysie and son, David Randall. He is survived by his wife, Edwina; daughters, Nancy (David O'Connor) of Seattle, Sue (Ron Peluso) of Minneapolis, stepdaughter, Kim Besen (Dan) and granddaughter, Danielle of San Marino, CA. A Celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at First Methodist Church, 915 East 4th Street, Tucson, AZ 85719. Contributions in honor of Lee Scott can be sent to the David Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Pima Community College Found., (PCC Foundation), 4905C East Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85709-1320 or to First United Methodist Church. Arrangements by HUDGEL'S SWAN FUNERAL HOME.
Published in Arizona Daily Star on Oct. 22, 2013.