Author, commentator, historian, and teacher, Otto Scott quietly went home to be with the Lord on May 5, 2006 in Issaquah, WA. Otto was preceded in death by his wife of 34 years, Anna Barney Scott, in August 1997 but he is survived by four daughters and a host of grandchildren.
He served in the US Merchant Marines during WWII, and had a successful career in advertising and as a journalist after the war ended. He then went on to pursue his lifelong dream of being a writer and was the author of ten books including The Exception: The story of Ashland Oil, James I: The Fool as King, The Creative Ordeal: The Story of Raytheon, Robespierre: The Voice of Virtue, The Secret Six: John Brown and the Abolitionists, The Professional: A Biography of J.B. Saunders, The Other End of the Lifeboat, The Great Christian Revolution, and Buried Treasure: The Story of Arch Mineral.
Otto made a living from his corporate biographies, yet achieved fame from his thorough knowledge of history and poetic use of language. He was also the author of Otto Scott’s Compass, a monthly journal of contemporary culture which ran for fifteen years, and was widely read by a number of well-known conservatives.
For me, Otto was a friend, mentor, and provocateur. He was brilliant. He was controversial. He was irascible. He was unflapable. I will miss his razor wit and his fierce passion. I will miss his wild stories from around the world. I will miss his keen insights and his wide-ranging knowledge.
His funeral will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 11:00 AM at the Gethsemane Cemetery--with arrangements managed by BONNEY-WATSON--in Federal Way, WA.