Tributes paid to former Grove Cottage chairman and Stort Valley Rotary Club president David Scott
Tributes have been paid following the death of a former Grove Cottage chairman and Stort Valley Rotary Club president.
David Scott, 74 – who gained a masters degree in economics and then a PhD during a 20-year retirement – leaves his wife of over 50 years, Dorothy, their daughter Zoe, son-in-law John and granddaughters Sophie and Olivia.
According to the latest edition of the Stort Valley Rotary newsletter, David was born in Sunderland in 1947. He was always proud of his Mackem background, being brought up in a Salvation Army family. There he incubated his lifelong interest in making things better.
From an early age he helped with the family business delivering water to boats on the River Wear; presumably his later interest in sailing stems from this experience.
Education was important and he became the first member of his family to attend university, graduating in economics from Reading.
From childhood, David and Dorothy were destined for one another, and soon after he graduated, they married in 1970.
Despite a career which took him all over the world, David was always a family man. When his posting permitted, Dorothy would go with him, and when not, he would arrange regular visits. David appreciated the value of travel and endeavoured to give his family every opportunity to benefit.
He joined ITT, the US-based worldwide manufacturing company that produces speciality components for the aerospace, transport, energy and industrial markets. After qualifying as an accountant, he embarked on a career full of interest, challenge, travel and fun.
Based in Belgium, Switzerland and the UK, he was always in the forefront as the company developed. He often travelled to problematic locations; in Nigeria he ran the gauntlet of a “criminal roadblock” and in Turkey he experienced a major earthquake.
David developed a particular love of India and, as often as possible with Dorothy, used every opportunity to explore its ancient culture and magnificent palaces.
He retired at 54 but this did not interrupt his lifelong quest for improvement. He gained a masters degree in economics and then a PhD. David lived for 12 months in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, during which he and Dorothy had a very adventurous trekking holiday in the Kyrgyzstan wilderness.
David recognised the importance of community. He was a member of Stort Valley Rotary for almost 40 years, president three times and led the club through a difficult period of change.
He also became chairman of Grove Cottage, the home of Mencap in Stortford, where he introduced professional management practices to ensure sustainability into the future. He continued to support projects of the Rotary Club of Bishkek.
David continued to engage intellectually through networks of friends but also groups such as Clare Hall in Cambridge, Chatham House and the Royal United Services Institute. He also enjoyed long walks with friends in slightly less intense conversation.
Recently he gained enormous joy from his daughter's family, whom he and Dorothy visited often in Dubai.
David died in Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, on November 26.