Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Alumni Obituaries

Fr. John Scott, OSB

Father John died after a courageous battle with AlzheimerGÇÖs. John Scott was born in Syracuse, New York, on 6th April 1945, the son of John J. Scott and Lucy Frances Scott, n+¬e Halpin. When John was five years old his father, a military war correspondent, was killed in the Korean conflict. John began his elementary education in Tacoma, Washington, but attended school in such diverse locations as Neah Bay, Washington, and Grande Prairie, Alberta, due to his step-fatherGÇÖs military work. John spent his last two years of high school at Saint LucyGÇÖs Academy, Syracuse, and after graduating returned to the West to enroll in Saint MartinGÇÖs College, where he received his BachelorGÇÖs degree in 1967. He did graduate studies in theology at Saint Meinrad School of Theology, St. Meinrad, Indiana, completing the four year program in three years and one summer. In 1971, he received a MasterGÇÖs degree from Indiana University, and in 1980 was awarded his Doctorate from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. His doctoral dissertation was a study of Willa CatherGÇÖs Death Comes for the Archbishop, the acclaimed novel based on the life of a nineteenth century archbishop of Santa Fe.As a youth, John was attracted to the monastic life and felt God calling him to a priestly vocation. He entered the monastic novitiate at Saint MartinGÇÖs Abbey in 1967, being known briefly as GÇ£Frater EmmanuelGÇ¥ before re-claiming GÇ£JohnGÇ¥ as his name in religion. Frater John Scott made his solemn vows in 1971, and on 6th January 1972 his was the first ordination to the priesthood in the present Saint MartinGÇÖs Abbey Church.Father John was a life-time academic, specializing in American history. He served his community teaching American history in Saint MartinGÇÖs College (University) and briefly at Saint JohnGÇÖs University, Collegeville, Minnesota. He was a scholar, always researching and regularly reviewing books for scholarly publications. He sought to improve his knowledge of history through travel, sabbaticals and summer study. Father John spent many years researching the history of Saint MartinGÇÖs in the archives of Saint MartinGÇÖs, Saint JohnGÇÖs, and Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, culminating in his writing and publishing our centennial history, This Place Called Saint MartinGÇÖs, at the time of our 1995 centennial celebration.In 1975, Father John, just thirty years old, was named president of Saint MartinGÇÖs College. He served in the position until 1980 when he returned to Albuquerque to complete his doctoral studies. Saint MartinGÇÖs was much loved by Father John. He never failed to attend funerals and special anniversaries of Saint MartinGÇÖs alumni and friends of the Abbey and University. He was tireless in working with the UniversityGÇÖs Office of Institutional Advancement, making friend-raising and fund-raising calls until the advancing effects of AlzheimerGÇÖs forced him to curtail these activities.Father John was gregarious; he was also very direct. He loved history, travel and walking. He was a long-time devotee of the MetGÇÖs live broadcasts of the opera on Saturday mornings. He was cultured. He seldom refused an invitation to play a game of Scrabble, nor would he scorn a cup of tea and some good shortbread. He will be greatly missed by the many who loved him and whose lives he touched.In addition to his monastic community, Father JohnGÇÖs survivors include his siblings, Barbara S. Nardone and Jerah and Jim Chadwick; his brother-in-law Bill, widower of JohnGÇÖs sister Sandra; and a multitude of friends and former students.The community will gather in the Saint MartinGÇÖs Abbey Church at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, 12th April 2012, for a Vigil Service. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Abbey Church at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, 13th April 2012, followed by burial in the Abbey Cemetery. Dr. James Vosper, a long-time friend, will deliver a eulogy before the Mass; Father Gerard Kirsch, O.S.B., will give the occasional sermon at Mass.In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Father John may be made to either Abbey Church Events, Saint MartinGÇÖs Abbey, or Scholarship Fund, Saint MartinGÇÖs University. The address for both Abbey and University is 5000 Abbey Way, SE, Lacey 98503-7500.**From Saint Martin's Abbey.