Scott was born in Washington, D.C., a city he always held dear, on August 19, 1940. His parents, Mary Blank and Morris L. Fuchs were both immigrants to the U.S.A. from Eastern Europe. He attended Shepherd Elementary School and graduated from Coolidge High School in 1958. He attended Carnegie Tech (and don’t call it Carnegie Mellon) in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated in 1962 with a degree in Theatre Arts. He spent his college summer years working at various summer stock theatres and tents, mostly in New England.
He moved to New York City and was hired by CBS as an associate producer. He worked on shows like Captain Kangaroo, The Junior Miss Pageant, What’s My Line, I’ve Got A Secret and Sol Hurok Presents. He fell in love with the City’s history and architecture, a love he maintained and cherished for the rest of his life. When a new book about NYC was published he had to have it for his collection. He was the best tour guide a visiting friend could have.
In 1969 he felt the need to travel and set off for Europe eventually settling in Mijas, Spain where he lived a long-haired “hippie” lifestyle typical of the late 60’s - early 70’s. After a few years, he returned to reality in New York, and began behind the scenes work in the theatre often in the capacity of Box Office Treasurer. The Shubert Organization, the New York State Theater and the City Center were 3 of the organizations he served.
A mid-life course correction turned him to his real passion, books and publishing. He was employed by several Manhattan bookstores, became Head of Sales @ Golden-Lee Books, led the sales and marketing staffs at Viking-Penquin, and finally, the Director of Sales at Random House.
Among many local activities, he was a support member of the Taghkanic Volunteer Fire Company, a past Trustee of the Claverack Library, a former Board member of the Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle and a Friend of The Mills Mansion in Staatsburgh. He also served for several years at the Mansion as a docent and volunteer.
He loved all dance, especially ballet, the symphony, traveling, Thai food, any beach anywhere, touring the estates and mansions of the Gilded Age, and rummaging in dusty used book stores. And napping.
His husband and partner of 42 years, Tom Detwiler, survives him.
Memorial donations in honor of Scott can be made to The Claverack Free Public Library, PO Box 417, Claverack, NY 12513
Arrangements are under the direction of the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, Rhinebeck. 845-876-6000. www.dapsonchestney.com
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