The Palm Beach Civic Association celebrates the exceptional life and service of Civic Association Chairman Emeritus Harold B. Scott who passed away on June 2, 2017. He was 99 years old.
Harold B. Scott
Hal was a lifelong resident of Palm Beach. During the 1980s and 1990s, he led the Civic Association as chairman, co-chairman, and president. Under his guidance, our organization took an active role in local issues and worked to make town government more effective.
Hal loved Palm Beach. He was willing to step up and get involved in community affairs. During his tenure, the Civic Association worked with the police chief and town officials to produce a tax-saving efficiency study of the public safety department. Along with others, he created the Committee for Good Government, an independent organization that vetted candidates for Palm Beach County elected offices and the school board.
In addition to his local community service, Hal served as president and CEO of the US/USSR Trade and Economic Council, a quasi-governmental body, and an organization dedicated to increasing US/USSR trade and diminishing the cold war, 1974-79. He was the Assistant Secretary of Commerce in the administrations of Presidents Nixon and Ford, 1969-72, and a former director of US Private Investment Corp., also a governmental body, in the administration of President Nixon. He was a former director of several corporations including Key Bank of Florida, former director and executive committee chairman of the Planned Parenthood area chapter, and former senior warden of Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea. He was a graduate of Yale University.
We are deeply grateful to Hal for his many positive contributions to the quality of life in our special town and in our world. We will miss him as a colleague and a friend. We extend our sympathies to his wife, Jane, his children, and grandchildren.