A retired businessman who was known for his interest in Lawrence history died Friday at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka.
Emory Scott, 83, was especially remembered for his book detailing the history of local theater. The book, "100 Years of Lawrence Theaters," is still available at the Watkins Community Museum, said Steve Jansen, director.
Scott, Jansen said, ``represents those Lawrence so-called amateurs who really had a great love of local history and made a real contribution to the telling of that history."
Scott, a lifelong Lawrence resident, founded Scott Temperature Equipment in 1945 by improvising a small shop in the basement of his home. He relocated his shop several times before settling in the current location of 1815 Bullene. Scott was active in the business until retiring in 1977.
He was born on March 13, 1909, in Lawrence, the son of Frank and Leta Oehrle Scott.
He graduated from Liberty Memorial High School, and attended the Lawrence Business College. He managed theaters for the Dickinson Commonwealth Theaters chain for 14 years. During World War II, he worked at the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant.
Scott also wrote several short stories and collections were published in the books "Hurry Up Homer" and "One Furrow, One Faith . . . It Takes Two to be Number One."
He attended the Indian Hills Church of God, and was a member of the Acacia Lodge No. 9 A.F. & A.M., Scottish Rite & York Rite Bodies of Lawrence, the Abdallah Shrine of Overland Park, the Lawrence Shrine Club, the Lawrence Shrine Fire Brigade Unit, and the East-West Shrine Football Game Committee. He also was a member of the Lawrence Elk's Lodge, where he formerly served as a trustee, and he was a former president of the Lawrence Lions Club.
He married Francesca Brinker on Oct. 17, 1939, in Goodland. She survives of the home.
Other survivers include a daughter, Mary Eggleston, Fort Collins, Colo.; a son, Roger Scott, Lawrence; a brother, Vernon Scott, Lawrence; a sister, Genevieve White, Lawrence; and five grandchildren.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Indian Hills Church of God with the Rev. M. Jim Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
The family suggests memorials to Charles Colson's Prison Fellowship or the Shriner's Crippled Children's Hospital Transportation Fund. Memorials may be sent in care of the funeral home.