Thomas McNair Scott, Pediatric Research Pioneer
Thomas Frederick McNair Scott, a pioneering pediatric researcher
and teacher, died at his home on November 25 at the age of 100.
Scott was a pioneer in pediatrics, serving as the first professor
of pediatrics at Temple University from 1938 to 1940, then the
first director of the Research Department at the Children's Hospital
of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Professor of Pediatric Research at
Penn where he taught for 35 years. After retirement, he moved
to Hahnemann Medical School as Director of Pediatric Ambulatory
Education, where he was "particularly valued for his broad
historical knowledge of pediatric and infectious diseases."
Scott's contributions to medicine were many, including: the discovery
and characterization of the lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus
(LCNV), the early use of tissue culture for growing viruses, the
development of the test to identify and differentiate Herpes labialis
from Herpes genitalis, and the identification of the cause of
atypical measles. He was instrumental in extending the then restricted
pediatric hospital visiting hours, a practice that was rapidly
taken up by hospitals all over the world.
Scott was born in Inchbar, Scotland. He was brought up in the
south of England, attended secondary school at Cheltenham College,
and university at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where
he gained first-class honors in the natural sciences. He trained
at St. George's Hospital, London, where he qualified in 1927.
to his son, Dr. Robert McNair Scott, Penn Med. '66, Dr. Thomas
Scott said that he made two pivotal decisions in his life: The
first to visit America, which he did as a founding member of the
Cambridge Medical Students Association in 1926, and which lead
to a fellowship at the Thorndike Laboratory at Boston City Hospital
in 1930. The second to accept a pediatric residency at the Harriet
Lane Home of Johns Hopkins University Medical School, Baltimore,
1931-34. As a result of these decisions, he met and married his
life-long companion, a fellow scientist, Dr. Mary Dwight Baker.
He was able to pursue his research interests, starting at the
Rockefeller Institute in 1934, and he became an internationally
revered teacher and researcher in pediatric medicine.
1936, Dr. Scott returned to London to be the first pediatrician
to head the children's service at St. George's Hospital. In 1938,
he emigrated to the U.S. to take up his position at Temple University.
In 1940, he joined CHOP.
WWII, in May 1941, Dr. Scott took a leave of absence from CHOP
and returned to Great Britain to serve on the staff of the Harvard
Red Cross Hospital, a public health facility in Salisbury. Later,
after the U.S. declared war, he was inducted into the United States
to civilian life in 1946, he resumed his position as Director
of Research at CHOP, which he built into an impressive organization
--today known as the Joseph Stokes Research Institute. In 1959,
he served as the Principal Investigator for the Philadelphia portion
of theNIH Collaborative Study of Child Development and Cerebral
Palsy, a longitudinal study of roughly 50,000 children, to learn
what happens to children from birth to age eight. In 1975, when
the study ended, he retired from Penn and took up his post at
Hahnemann Medical School where he worked until the age of 85.
that retirement, Dr. Scott and his wife moved into Logan Square
East. "They were inveterate travelers, visiting family, and
friends in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America. During
this period, Dr. Scott volunteered in several NIH-sponsored studies
on aging. After losing his cherished partner in 1995, he continued
to travel, and maintained his broad interest in current events
and involvement in family and friends, with whom he enjoyed his
100th birthday last June," said his son Robert.
will be remembered by all who knew him as a beloved, erudite,
courtly and charming gentleman, as a sensitive and exceptional
clinician, a superb diagnostician, and an inspiring teacher, whose
emphasis was always on the whole patient and their environment,"
his son added.
is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Höhn of Heidelberg, Germany;
a son, Robert McNair Scott of Kathmandu, Nepal, four grandsons,
and a great granddaughter.
lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to "Treffpunkt
SHV e.V.," the daycare center for traumatic brain injured
adults in Heidelberg, attended by his grandson, Peter Höhn.
Checks may be made out to Carolyn Höhn for "Treffpunkt
SHV e.V:" and sent to: UBSPaineWebber, Attn: Kathleen MacGregor,
100 Overlook Center, Princeton NJ 08540. Treffpunkt SHV e.V. is
a registered charity.
Majumdar: Graduate Student
Majumdar, a first-year computer and information science Ph.D.
student in the School of Engineering and Applied Science--missing
since November 2--has died at the age of 25.
Prior to attending Penn this semester, Mr. Majumdar worked as
a programmer analyst with Wipro Technologies in India. He graduated
from the Indian Institute of Technology in Guwahati in 1999. Mr.
Majumdar was from Calcutta, India.
is survived by his mother, Manita Majumdar; and brother, Abhijit.
Rubillo: Retired Accountant
Smith Rubillo, a retired Human Resources accountant, died on November
6, at the age of 69.
Rubillo came to Penn in 1985 as a receptionist after working for
El Dorado Floor Covering and Oscar Mayer Company. She became an
administrative assistant in 1986, a junior account in 1987, and
accountant I in 1988 and an accountant II in 1989. She worked
in the Human Resources Division as an accountant II until her
retirement in 1999.
is survived by a daughter, Kathy Huff; a son, John; a brother;
seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
donations may be sent to Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Cancer Research, Attention: Harriet Goodstein, Penn Tower, Sixth
Floor, 3400 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283.
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