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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.

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Published in Arizona Daily Star on Oct. 22, 2013.
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October 16, 2019
Lee was an inspirational mentor to me. I always knew that Lees heart would guide him and others to do the right thing for the right reason. I am still following his vision of unconditional love for all and only w that he were here, to tell him what a huge influence he has had on me and thousands of others. Rest in peace, my friend
Mark McCabe
October 19, 2014
I was out of town for Lee's service last year. I admired Lee so much. When I was in his presence there was a serenity that was part of his very being. He truly was an angel on earth. Sylvia Lee
Sylvia Lee
October 17, 2014
I knew Lee from our work together at what was in the early 70's simply known as "Pima College." He brought love, laughter, trust, and kindness to the college's student, staff, and faculty bodies. We loved him dearly. His gifts will be with us always. Deep sympathy to family members and friends.
Alison Hughes
November 1, 2013
The entire Tucson community is indebted to you Lee for being our teacher and mentor in Christ. When my daughters and I arrived in 1991 you welcomed us with open arms at First Church. I will forever miss you. Much love, in Jesus' name, Ruth Cherrick
Ruth Cherrick
November 1, 2013
Sue, Nancy, Like so many others in the Tucson community, my life was blessed by your family. Lee was a powerful example through his words, prayers and actions. With deepest sympathy for the loss you feel. Sent with love--
Lauri Snider
November 1, 2013
What wonderful smiles.
Frieda Hamer-Hopkins
November 1, 2013
My wedding, July 28, 1971.
Nancy, Susan, and Edwina, I mourn with you. Lee was someone very special in my life. Because he showed me what Christianity was, I became a Christian. In 1971 he married Tom and me. Our ceremony was held in his living room. I looked forward to seeing him whenever I visited Tucson. He will be missed by many.
Frieda Hamer-Hopkins
October 30, 2013
Lee literally lit up our lives with his love and joy in the Lord. We will miss him very much.
Jill Kanost
October 28, 2013
I'm so glad I got to meet this wonderful man! He contributed so much to this community, yet was so humble. Whenever I saw him, he had a smile on his face. He seemed like a very kind man. I'm so sorry for your loss. May good memories of your time together bring you comfort.
Carol Tepper
October 26, 2013
My sincere sympathy to all who loved Lee. We are all better for having know you. Your wisdom and caring will be treasured always.
Evelyn Martinez
October 26, 2013
To Lee's family,
Your husband and father meant a great deal to me for many years. As a Pima person, Lee was one of the many pillars of wisdom who helped construct my personal, professional, and community life. As a member of POAC, his wisdom, compassion, and fierce yet gentle tigerish spirit in support of our common goal was an inspiration despite his increasing years. He is surely resting in peace and watching over us.
Georgia Brousseau
October 26, 2013
I was in the hospital on Christmas Day many years ago and Lee came to the area I was in, said a prayer for everyone there and it meant a LOT to all of us. He also officiated at my father's memorial service and helped the family through a difficult time. Thanks, Lee. Many of us love you and will miss you.
Tanya M. Robinson
October 26, 2013
My deepest heartfelt condolences. My life and the lives of all in the Tucson community are richer and better for having known the Scott family. Lee, Kay and David were all beloved and leave spaces that cannot be filled in their passing. Love and Peace, Mary Sue Snider Houser
October 26, 2013
We are so sorry for your loss, and so happy we got to know and spend some time with Lee. A wonderful extraordinary man. All our love.
Hal and Swanee
October 26, 2013
Edwina,Nancy and Sue we are so sorry for your loss. We loved Lee,kay and David as well. "Lee is the closest person to a saint" are the words I heard from his fellow pastors and I completely agreed. He was also a very real and loving human being. He has done so much for Wesley Campus Center and the students who used it. Sharon and I will miss him greatly and are thankful he was able to conduct our son Darren's wedding last March. Bye old friend and hope to see you one day in Heaven. Stephen and Sharon Lew
Stephen Lew
October 26, 2013
Words are not enough to express our condolences. He was a mentor and role model many of us would like to be like. Lee touched many lives in so many, many ways. In short, he was no ordinary angel!

Sam and Sallie Lee
October 25, 2013
I am a better person because of the times that I got to spend with Lee. He had a knack for showing young people that he cared and respected them and their ideas. He made me feel that what I had to say was important and that my opinions mattered. For a teen at the time, you could not ask for more. Thanks Lee. God bless.
John North McDermott
October 25, 2013
In the early 1970's, while a freshman at the University of Arizona, I met the wonderful Scott family. Lee and Kay touched, inspired and taught by word and example I and probably hundreds and thousands like me. I am a better person because of them coming into my life. My heart goes out to Nancy and Sue, Edwina and to the spirit of the great David. In sadness, thankfulness and love,
Arlan Colton
October 25, 2013
Edwina, you and Lee have been in our hearts for as long as we have known you, caring and loving friends. David and Linda Bakish
October 25, 2013
Truly one of the Lords faithful servants shown through example.
Arthur Turnbull
October 25, 2013
While some write about a purpose driven life, Lee Scott lived a purpose driven life. This was evident to me when he was my campus minister in 1966. And it remained so right up until the last time I saw and worked with Lee-Sept. 19, 2013-at a Pima Open Admissions Coalition meeting. Lee's dedication, focus and service will continue to live in the hearts of many.
He will rest in peace.
Dave Gallagher
October 24, 2013
I loved Lee; he was a constant inspiration and help to me at Pima College. What a great human being.
Darla Masterson
October 24, 2013
Lee was a great role model for me and a friend of my family. He will be missed and my heartfelt condolences to his family. I wish I could be there on Saturday but my thoughts and prayers are with you.
October 24, 2013
Beth Gilleland and Family
October 23, 2013
Please accept my condolences for your loss. I met Leland Scott and Kaysie Scott while they volunteered to read to students at Tolson Elementary School in the early 1990s where I was the principal. In fact, Tolson students were the recipients of generous contributions of funds in remembrance of Kay's passing. My life has been blessed by the Scott family.

Anna "Fisher" Rivera
(High School classmate of Nancy's)
Anna "Fisher" Rivera
October 23, 2013
You and all those who loved Lee are on my prayers. I can hear his voice ringing hallelujah with the angels.
DeeDee Azhikakath
October 23, 2013
Lee was one of the first members of First UMC to welcome me when I came to study at the University of Arizona. He bought my friends and I tickets to the Corn Roast in the fall and always remembered us for the next 3 years. He was a wonderful man who touched many lives. I feel blessed that I knew him.
Kelly Berger
October 23, 2013
Edwina, Nancy, Sue and family -- we are saddened by the news of Lee's death. He was a blessing to those of us who welcomed him and his family to Wesley Foundation. He was always a patient and caring person. We have treasured his spiritual guidance all these years. Please know our prayers are with you all. We send our love to you.
Bill and Carol Galante
October 23, 2013
October 23, 2013
Edwina and family, I'am so sorry for your loss.Lee was so special to me.Lee was always with Terri and me and family.Lee was such a wonderful and giving soul,I love him dearly, He was so special to us all.Thank you Lord
Rey Gallego
October 22, 2013
Lee was an angel here on earth and we are all blessed to have know him. Lee was the light in my familys life during great years of darkness. My mother Terri held a special place in Lee's heart and it brings me peace knowing they are now together in heaven. He will be greatly missed, but is in great company now.
Andres Valenzuela
October 22, 2013
Dear Edwina and family,
Lee meant so much to my husband and me. Lee knew exactly what to say to comfort and always had time for everyone who needed a helping hand.
I feel so blessed to have had Lee in my life. His life lessons will continue to bless me in the future.
Love and prayers, Emily Kallal
Emily Kallal
October 22, 2013
My wife, Marlena, and I met Lee and his wife, Kay, in 1987 when we lived in the same west side neighborhood. He and I ventured out together during the Christmas holidays and performed at senior residential facilities. Lee played the flute and I read Christmas stories and poems. We enjoyed doing that.

He frequently played the flute at performances of "The Desert Readers" which I founded in 2005. He told me that it was my 'ministry.' In 2010 he wrote a "Letter to the Editor" of the Arizona Daily Star in which he said in part: "Good works bring joy, music to folks in need." His letter was upbeat and positive.

Just last week we exchanged e-mails about his health and that of my wife's.
We adressed each other as 'Brother' in our e-mails.

Lee was a kind and loving gentleman and we will miss this dear old friend of ours. He inspired and supported me.
October 22, 2013
Lee was a selfless man who always put others needs in front of his own. He was a true gentleman and tireless advocate for those whose voices needed to be heard. Tucson and our great country shines a little less with his passing.
Mark and Jane McCabe
October 22, 2013
I only knew Lee a short time, but I feel blessed that I got to know him over the last 4 months. My greatest condolences to the family, Edwinna, and his canine kid Sugar.
Jay Mills
October 22, 2013
Lee was the Wesley Foundation minister when I was a student at the U of A in the early 1960s. We were both flutists, and I had the pleasure of playing duets with him on several occasions. A kind and gentle man, he's surely dusting off his flute now and will doubtless soon be playing flute/harp duets with one or more of the angels.
Jerry Ervin
October 22, 2013
Joan Carey Morrison
October 22, 2013
Lee was the most beloved and respect man who had an immense zest for life. Lee cared so deeply about social justice and equal opportunity for all. I will miss you dear friend.
Sylvia Lee
October 22, 2013
Well, no doubt Heaven is blessed in a big way now! I am sad for Lee's family. Lee was a big influence on our lives. He was a great counselor when I belonged to Wesley Foundation. He married Gregg and I in 1965. Officiated when we renewed our vows in 1985 and married both our daughters as well. His warm and gentle spirit and his beautiful smile will always be remembered. His demeanor just seemed to be full of GOD's love. Gregg and I were speaking of him and his influence the day he passed. Our prayers will be with the family as they grieve.
JoAnne and Gregg Schnepp
October 22, 2013
55 yrs ago my husband & I were married in the chapel at First Methodist Church by Rev Scott.
He officiated at my father's funeral in 1967.
Rev Scott helped my stepmother thru hard times.
He will be missed by the community.
Louanne Kilmer
October 22, 2013
Lee, Kaysie, David, Nancy and Sue were wonderful members of the First Methodist community and the Campus Christian Center. Lee was a wonderfully patient, kind man who underestimated his influence.
Shirley Duffy
October 22, 2013
Lee was undoubtedly met by cherished family members on the "other side" along with a host of angels! Perhaps he is enjoying a reunion and celebration of his life... Our family knew this soft spoken man for 50 years and feel fortunate in that regard.
Barbara A. Robinson
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