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Friends and family would often remark that Jeremiah R. Scott, Jr. (“Jerry”) JD ’63 “never met a stranger.” Jerry was born in Fortuna, Calif., on September 18, 1936, the son of Faye Townsend Scott and Jeremiah Scott, Sr., then Fortuna Police Judge and City Attorney. The family moved to Eureka, Calif., when Jeremiah was elected to the office of Humboldt County District Attorney in 1938. Jerry played football at Eureka High School and attended Westminster College in Missouri, site of the 1946 Winston Churchill Iron Curtain Speech, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He served eight years active and reserve duty with the U.S. Army. Jerry graduated Santa Clara University School of Law in 1963 and returned to Humboldt County to join his father in the Scott & Scott law firm, and serve as general counsel for the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District. longtime school board member, Jerry was also part of the Masonic Lodge and local Shrine Club. He served as a trustee and president of the Humboldt County Historical Society and enjoyed writing about Humboldt County history on numerous subjects in the Humboldt County Historical Society Magazine as a contributing editor. Last year, Jerry and wife, Mary, celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary. He died at age 83 on March 7, 2020, and is survived by Mary; sons McGregor Scott ’85, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Stuart Scott JD ’92; daughter Catherine Scott, the director of student services at St. Bernard’s Academy in Eureka; and numerous grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.