Robert B. Scott, Jr. 94, of Englewood, Florida formerly of Chicago, IL, passed away April 4, 2014 after a month- long battle with incurable heart and lung disorders, with his wife and daughter at his side. Prior to his hospitalization he had been in good health. He was born Dec. 15, 1919 in Boston, MA and moved to Englewood, Florida in 1999 from Riverwoods, IL.
“Scotty” was a very colorful individual and a raconteur of the first order. Having run away to join the Merchant Marine when he was 17, jumping ship in Puerto Rico and living there in Puerto Rico under conditions best left described as “Dubious”, he joined the US Army upon the outbreak of WW II and served at the Walter Reed Veterans Hospital in Washington D.C. as a member of the original research team that developed the first all-plastic ocular prosthesis. He was recruited by the Veterans Administration to help establish the first ocular prostheses clinic at the Hines Veterans Hospital, where he served as the chief Ocularist. He offered innovative ocular fitting methods he helped develop, one of the more noteworthy being his technique for flush fitting cosmetic sclera shells, a method now universally used.
Spearheading the country’s leading research efforts, giving annual lectures on ocular prosthetics. He established the first ocular prosthesis apprentice program to certify Ocularists under the auspices of the US Department of Labor. Scotty continued in that profession all his working life. While not ever a Doctor or MD, he was the only non-doctor member of the American Medical Association - a tribute from his medical community peers in recognition of the job he did for so many people needing his services or expertise. His patients included many of the “Rich and Famous” from around the globe. Scotty has also published numerous articles on ocular prostheses and authored chapters featured in the leading ophthalmologic textbooks.
Scotty was not only a successful Ocularist, but also a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, a classical guitarist and, among his many friends, a political observer and commentator. Whichever side of the political spectrum you were on, you could always count on Scotty for a lively discussion and tremendous insight!
Although it is sometimes said of a person upon their demise that “They broke the mold on that one!”, it is especially true of Scotty for he was truly one of a kind and will be missed and remembered fondly by all. May God rest his soul!
Survivors included is wife of 68 years, Vivian (nee Tosi); proud father of Nadine Scott (Peter Riswold) of San Francisco, CA, Dean B. Scott of Port Charlotte, FL and Roland B. (Bonny) Scott of Mt. Prospect, IL; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.