Grand honor! to such brave brothers; let the shout sweep to the sky.
Weave garlands round their memories as the ages swiftly fly,
Over each Fireman's hallowed grave write with honor's pen:
Here lieth one who delighted to aid his fellow men!
— verse from "Ode to our firemen" published in the National Fireman's Journal, Feb. 9, 1878
SPAAMFAA has lost a number of valuable individuals in recent years. While their lives have ended on earth, their legacies live on in the fire apparatus they preserved, the history the documented, and in the lives they touched. Here, lest we forget, are memorials to our own….
1932 - 2020
1932 - 2020
It is with great sadness, I have to inform you of the passing of Dr. Tom Scott. He was a long time member of SPAAMFAA and one of the founding members of the ETFHS. If you had the honor of meeting Tom, you know how much passion he had for the fire service. At this time no arrangements have been made.
Oak Ridge – Thomas Howard Scott 88 Yrs old
Born: Tuscumbia, Alabama Oct 8, 1932
Preceded in death by parents – Coleman Cleveland Scott Sr and Ruby May Scott and brother Coleman Cleveland Scott Jr. and Sister Katherine Ray Scott and by his wife of 61 years Janet Cosby Scott.
Tom is survived by children Jan Coleman Stocks [John Stocks] and David Thomas Scott [Michelle Scott] and by grandchildren Elizabeth Grace Scott, Daniel Thomas Scott, Tariq Frazier and Cole Inman Stocks.
Tom received a BS in engineering from Auburn University, 1953 elected to Ph Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Pi and Phi Lambda Upsilon, Honorary Fraternities Commissioned as an Ensign, served three years in the US Navy during the Korean War aboard the USS Forrest Royal (DD 872) and made a round-the-world cruise
in 1954-55, which included four months in the Korean Theater.
Tom also received an MS in Nuclear Science from Auburn University in 1958. He received his PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Florida in 1965, Sigma Xi.
Tom worked for the Atomic Energy Commission and its successor agencies at the Idaho Falls, Savannah River and Oak Ridge Operations Offices. He received three Superior Performance Awards. He retired as the Deputy Director of the Enriching
Operations Division in 1985.
Tom then served on the faculty of the University of Tennessee College of Engineering, 1986-2008. There he received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year in the Nuclear Engineering
Department. He was also selected as the Outstanding Advisor in the College of Engineering and was given the Chancellors Award for Advising. Upon retirement he was designated Associate Professor Emeritus.
Tom was a member of First United Methodist Church, Oak Ridge since 1973. He served as Chairman of Trustees, on numerous committees, and ushered for 42 years, including being Head Usher for 20 years and Sunday School Greeter.
Tom played football at Coffee High School, Florence Alabama. He refereed high school football games for 40 years in four states. He was selected to referee two TSSAA state championship games. He was a TSSAA football supervisor for 5 years and received the TSSAA A.F. Bridges Award as football official of the year 2006-07 in East
Tom wrote a column for the Enjine! Enjine!, a quarterly journal of the Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motorized Fire Apparatus in America, for 42 years. All 145 columns were typed and proof read by his patient wife, Janet. He was awarded the SPAMFAA member of the year award in 1992 and was also given The President’s Award in 2017. He has been the only member to receive both national awards.
Tom was a volunteer fireman in the Oliver Springs Volunteer Fire Department from 1974 until present. He served as a volunteer photographer for the Oak Ridge Fire Department from 1990
until present. He took pictures of major fires and accidents in the Oak Ridge and surrounding areas. His photos were often published in local news outlets. In 1973 he was designated a Lifetime Honorary member of the Aiken, South Carolina Fire Department.
Tom was also an Eagle Boy Scout and was inducted into the Order of the Arrow and served on the staff of Camp Westmoreland, Florence, Alabama for two years.
He and his wife Janet were enthusiastic travelers and attended some 32 National Elderhostel programs and numerous international trips. They regularly attended Broadway musical shows in New York, London, and regional theaters.
In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to:
Oak Ridge Torch,
152 Bus Terminal Rd
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
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