Scott Davis '46


Belatedly, the Secretariat has been advised regarding the death of Scott Davis. His date of passing was December 5, 2003. Our files reveal very little concerning his life both before and after Amherst. The College has not known his address for several decades.

Fellow scribe Jack Thompson informs me that Scott was in his pledge delegation at Chi Psi.  Jack also says he visited with Scott once during a trip to Chicago where Scott was living during the 1970s. He does not recall that Scott ever returned to Amherst after World War II, which confirms the Davis record in the Alumni Office that he never received a diploma. Jack also claims his memory defines Scott as being rather debonair, a genuine asset at a party, and very familiar with the routes to and from South Hadley and Northampton.

The College has a record that Scott Davis was a consultant for Ralph W. Davis & Co. in Chicago from 1953 to 1980, after which he was a board member for Moss, Lawson & Co., Ltd. (an options services company in Toronto, Canada) from 1980 to an unknown date.

Scott was involved as a director executive for the Boy Scouts of America from 1952-64. He was president and director for the Geneva, IL, Community Chest from 1959-62. His clubs were the Street Club, the Economic Club of Chicago, and the Geneva Country Club. He was a member of the Midwest and New York Stock Exchanges and a former governor of the Investment Bankers Association of Chicago.

Scott was married twice. In 1951, he wed Solveig (Grennard-Hjelm). No maiden name is known for his second wife, but her given name was Susan. Scott sired three sons and one daughter.

If Scott is the same person concerning whom I have a vague memory, an evening occurred in early 1943 when we contributed generously to the black ink of Rahars’ financial statement. This profligacy purchased the insulation necessary for survival during a bitterly cold walk with our dates to Tyler House at Smith and a return to the bus station back in downtown Northampton for the ride back to Amherst.   Yeow!  It was cold!
—J. Wells Steinwart ’46