Students, friends, colleagues remember MU law professor Greg Scott

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 | 8:15 p.m. CDT; updated 1:39 p.m. CDT, Monday, August 29, 2011

*CLARIFICATION: Greg Scott once spent eight months living in his car while he looked for a house in Columbia. An earlier version of this article misstated the time he spent living in his car.

COLUMBIA — MU Law School professor Greg Scott was always willing to “share his expertise, his humor and his home,” R. Lawrence Dessem, dean of the MU School of Law, said Wednesday at a memorial service in Scott's honor.

Scott, a professor of legal research and writing, collapsed Monday afternoon as he walked into Cornell Hall to teach a class, according to a previous Missourian report. He was 54.

The lecture hall where the gathering was held couldn't accommodate all the family members, colleagues, former Boy Scouts, students, alumni and friends who showed up to honor Scott's life. Some students in attendance had known him for less than a week.

Scott, who was known for his comic antics, probably would have appreciated that there were more funny anecdotes shared than tears shed at the casual gathering held in Hulston Hall at the law school, friends said.

"He would always say if you're not having fun, you're doing it wrong," said Laura Sandstedt, committee chair for Boy Scout troop 707, which Scott led.

A slideshow shown at the service highlighted comments from student evaluations, such as “A plus” and “I was lucky to have him,” along with funny emails he'd sent to students.

Greg Scott also submitted an evaluation of himself, in all capital letters: “PAY HIM MORE."

Tim Scott spoke to the crowd about his brother’s big sense of humor and caring personality.

“He would introduce me as his taller, smarter, better-looking brother,” he said. “I would introduce him as my brother, the lawyer who slept in his car.”

*Once while looking for a house, Greg Scott spent months living in his car instead of a hotel, his brother recalled.

“He’d spend more money on other people than he would on himself,” Tim Scott said.

Greg Scott was also well known for his love of the outdoors. Mark Adadir, who was in Scott's Boy Scout troop 25 years ago, told the audience how caring he was.

Adadir recalled how Scott talked him through a rappelling experience on a Scout camping trip. “He had my back — for 25 years he’s had my back," he said.

Former Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court, Ann Covington, remembered how admired Scott was when he worked as a lifeguard while pursuing his undergraduate degree.

“I think I can represent legions of children and their parents at Stephens Lake in the early '80s, all who adore Greg,” Covington said. “I know (they) would also share a love and thanksgiving for his life.”

MU School of Law alumna Jennifer Bukowsky expressed her gratitude for his teaching.

“I think I’m a better lawyer because of him. He was also a very sharp legal mind, for all of his silliness,” Bukowsky said. “We were lucky to have him here at the Mizzou law school.” 

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Rachel Meystedt August 24, 2011 | 8:33 p.m.

Thank you for posting such a classy, touching article about our beloved law professor. I'm now definitely a follower of the Missourian, especially after reading the cold and emotionless article published by the Tribune. Greg Scott was an amazing professor, wonderful friend and outstanding person. He touched countless lives with his compassion, humor and kind nature. Columbia needs to know they lost a great person on Monday, and I think this article really helped show that. We miss you, Professor Scott!

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