Russell Scott Jr., M.D.
Russell Scott, Jr., M.D., beloved father, pioneer of medicine, and pillar of philanthropy was born Oct. 25, 1925, and died in Houston on May 24 at the age of 80.In 1972, Dr. Scott and his wife, Mary Hugh Scott, and their four children moved to Aspen. He became a clinical professor of urology at the University of Colorado and consultant to the U.S. VA Hospital, as well as having an active private practice in Aspen. He was active in the medical and civic community, served on several boards and was a co-founder and now an emeritus board member of the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation. While in Aspen, in addition to private practice, he organized and operated the American Urological Association Office of Continuing Education and was on the board of Arts West Aspen, as well as the board of GrassRoots Television. He was the founding director and chairman of the board of the Colorado Wildlife Heritage Foundation.Dr. Scott took a one-and-a-half year leave from Aspen to be the first director of medical affairs of the King Faisal Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Scott was a consultant to the Surgeon General, U.S. Army Medical Corps, U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Veterans Administration Hospitals, NASA, and the Department of Defense during Desert Storm. While in Korea as a medical officer, he was awarded the Bronze Star medal, the Combat Medical Badge and the Korean Theater Ribbon with four battle stars. Dr. Scott moved back to Houston in 1992 and assumed activity in the Scott Department of Urology, Baylor College of Medicine.He was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Cullen Scott Simmons, on June 23, 2001. Dr. Scott is survived by three children, Agnes Scott Wright of London, England; Russell Scott III and wife Linda of Denver, and Joseph Arnold Scott of Denver; seven grandchildren and his former wife, Mary Hugh Scott of Aspen. Memorial services were conducted on Friday, May 26 at St. John The Divine Episcopal Church in Houston.Memorial contributions may be made to the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation or the Colorado Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Denver.
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