Dr. Eric Scott (March 1, 1927 – October 12, 2019)
Physician. Teacher. Mentor.
Born in Belfast Northern Ireland William Eric Bruneton Scott MD was a graduate of the Queens University Belfast; he qualified MB, BCh, BAO from Queen's University in the year 1949. Five years later he acquired his qualification in Anaesthetics, FFA from the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He spent some time in Liverpool, England, as Registrar in Anaesthetics and later was appointed as Consultant to the Northern Ireland Hospitals Authority.
In 1962 Eric’s desire to advance his understanding of medicine and clinical problem solving brought him to the United States. At Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) as an Attending and Assistant Professor in the department of Anesthesia, not only did he expand his extensive knowledge of the practice of Anesthesia, but he also met some life-long colleagues and friends.
In 1968 Eric was recruited by Cooper Hospital (Camden, New Jersey) to be a part of a team to develop and implement Cooper’s Open Heart program. During his two decades as Chief, Department of Anesthesia, Eric developed a strong practice to support Cooper’s development as a tertiary care hospital. And in that capacity, he spearheaded the development of a multidisciplinary intensive care unit and served as the first Head of the Division of Critical Care Medicine. He worked with the NJ State Department of Health to bring recognition to the service of Critical Care Medicine. In 1986, the American Board of Anesthesiology certified him in Special Qualifications in Critical Care Medicine. Eric was a founding member of both the American Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists and the New Jersey Society of Critical Care Medicine. He was the first physician member of the Hospital’s Board of Trustees and was a long-time and active member of the Hospital’s Graduate Medical Education and Bioethics Committees.
In 1989 Eric was recognized with The Shubin-Weil Master Clinician/Teacher Award. The award is presented annually to one member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) from across the United States, for excellence in Bedside Teaching, and recognizes a physician who is a role model in both the teaching and ethical practice of critical care.
Upon his retirement from Cooper University Medical Center, his colleagues established the “Eric Scott MD Award for Critical Care” in his honor. This annual award goes to a faculty member or fellow who excels in the bedside teaching of multidisciplinary critical care. This award will continue to be a fitting tribute to Eric’s remarkable contributions to the medical profession. “He was an outstanding example of clinical excellence and collaboration,” said a former nurse and colleague of Eric’s at Cooper University Medical Center. “He taught us how to look at the whole patient and create an individualized plan that respected the needs and values of the patient and their family.”
Eric’s extraordinary yet humble intelligence and compassion were matched only by his generosity, kindness, and ability to find joy in the most simple of life’s treasures. Sounds of opera and classical music could often be heard from his office and car and stereo system at home. Watching birds on the bird feeders at home or out in the marshes at the Jersey Shore brought him a sense of wonder and peace; and his love of animals extended to his adored pet cats and the lovely dogs who came to visit from time to time. Afternoons on the boat out on the ocean under the bright blue sky and long walks with family, followed by drinks at sunset were some of Eric’s favorite memories. Although he never stopped calling Northern Ireland “home”, New Jersey was his beloved adopted home that captured his heart from his first trip “down the shore” many years ago.
Eric is survived by his dedicated, caring and loving wife of 53 years, Claire Corson Scott (Moorestown, NJ), daughter Jennifer Claire Scott (Hoboken, NJ), son and daughter-in-law Keith and Lyn Scott (Kitwe, Zambia), grandson Adam Scott (Liverpool, England), granddaughter Hannah Scott (London, England), and countless family, friends and colleagues around the globe, all of whom are better for having known him.
Eric passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by love. In a fitting tribute to a professional life dedicated to the advancement and teaching of medicine, Eric’s remains have been donated to Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Anatomical Association in lieu of a funeral. The family will hold a small private Celebration of Life gathering at a later date.
Donations in Eric’s memory may be made to:
Eric Scott MD Award for Critical Care - #402180
c/o: The COOPER Foundation, 3 COOPER Plaza. Suite 50, Camden NJ 08103
or online at: https://foundation.cooperhealth.org/ways-to-give/make-a-donation
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Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders)
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