Notices sorted by graduation date.
March 3, 1933–Sept. 2, 2019
Board of Visitors member lived out his commitment to integration
Richmond native Sidney Buford Scott (Col ’55 L/M), two-time appointee to the UVA Board of Visitors who also served on the Alumni Association Board of Managers, died Sept. 2 at age 86.
“He was … extremely interested in the improvement of African American positions both at the University and in Richmond,” says Wayne Cozart, executive director of the Jefferson Trust, an initiative of the UVA Alumni Association. “In fact, he stepped down from the Board of Visitors ... so that an African American could be appointed to the board, and that really talks about his commitment to greater integration within the community.”
After graduating from UVA, Scott spent two years serving in the Counter Intelligence Corps in the U.S. Army. Then, for 60 years, he worked at Richmond-based Scott & Stringfellow, the brokerage firm co-founded by his grandfather, former UVA rector Frederic W. Scott, for whom Scott Stadium is named.
Buford Scott served as the firm’s chairman from 1974 until 2018. The Richmond Times-Dispatch inducted him into its Person of the Year Hall of Fame in 2016 in recognition of his deep and longstanding community support.
Before his appointment to the UVA Board of Visitors, Scott chaired the merit-based Jefferson Scholars Foundation. In his role as both benefactor and advocate, Scott “was important to our survival at the beginning,” says Jimmy Wright, foundation president.
Scott was active in numerous charitable causes, largely focused on youth and education, and as a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Richmond. His faith was important to him, and early in his adult life he seriously considered becoming an Episcopal priest, says Reginald “Dick” Rutledge (Col ’55, Darden ’59 L/M), a longtime friend and fraternity brother in St. Anthony Hall.
In addition, Rutledge says, Scott continually strengthened relationships around him by keeping a contingent of fraternity brothers and their wives connected for more than 60 years.
Scott is survived by his wife, Susan Bailey Scott; two sons, Sidney Buford Scott Jr. and George R.B. Scott (Col ’90); a daughter, Elizabeth Scott Cech (Nurs ’86); two sisters and a brother; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
—Diane J. McDougall