Scott  Wissinger
On Saturday, October 5, 2019, Scott Wissinger, Professor Emeritus at Allegheny College, passed away at the age of 65.
Scott was born on April 7, 1954 in York, PA to Don and Flossie Wissinger. He graduated from Hollidaysburg Area High School in 1972. Scott received his Bachelor of Science degree from Susquehanna University in 1977, Master of Science degree from Bowling Green University in 1979, and his PhD in Biology from Purdue University in 1986.
Scott was a professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Allegheny College for 32 years and an Adjunct Fellow in Freshwater Ecology at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. For 30 years Scott headed summer research at Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL) in Gothic, CO.
Scott was married to Sue Wissinger and together they raised a son, AJ.
Scott was preceded in death by his father, Don. He is survived by his wife Sue and son AJ (wife Jamie and granddaughter Charlotte). He will also be sadly missed by his mother Flossie, sisters Donna Wissinger (Angie Robbins), Jane Wissinger (Mark Distefano), Janice Meadows (Jeff Meadows), Brenda Conway (Jim Conway), and Diane Hodgson (Scott Hodgson). Scott is survived by two nieces and eight nephews and twelve great-nieces and nephews.
Scott received 40 National Science Foundation Grants and Undergraduate Research Assistantships. Scott also served the science community as President of the Board of Trustees of RMBL and mentored more than 180 senior projects at Allegheny College.
As a professor, Scott was most passionate about teaching and mentoring students during their four years at Allegheny. Scott's love of field research and his environmental curiosity was inspirational to countless students. Many of Scott's students pursued advanced degrees and continue to influence biological and environmental research and teaching.
In addition to his teaching, Scott's love, and favorite hobby, was planting trees. He also loved cross-country skiing, fly-fishing, hiking, particularly during summers in Colorado, biking, and birding. Scott enjoyed and supported the fine arts. He will always be remembered for his humor and love of family.
Information regarding a Celebration of Scott's Life will be shared at a later time.
Memorials can be made to benefit Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (PO Box 519 Crested Butte, CO 81224) or French Creek Recreational Trail (PO Box 592 Meadville, PA 16335).
Published on October 10, 2019

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Chris Crayton
Nov 11, 2019
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Nov 09, 2019
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Flora Wissinger
Nov 05, 2019
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Flora Wissinger
Nov 05, 2019
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Anne Stieffenhofer
Nov 03, 2019
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Jay Evans
Oct 30, 2019
So sad to hear of the passing of this great scientist, teacher, and friend to many..three quick memories of the man with the impish smile:
1) how very proud he was to introduce Sue and AJ to the RMBL community when they first joined forces for a great marriage
2) him saying that every time a Schneider semi drove past he would look in the cab because one of his hundreds of students drove for them or a bit
3) him saying that on those same long drives in his puttering VW bus he would read entire novels, safely, behind the wheel.
We will all miss I’m dearly. Best to his family and friends.
Chris Bartels
Oct 28, 2019
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Oct 28, 2019
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Barbara Sears
Oct 26, 2019
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James Haven
Oct 25, 2019
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Rick Howard
Oct 24, 2019
I think I have enough “favorite memories” of Scott to write a book, but will try to be brief. I met him in 1977 when I joined the faculty of BGSU and he was a grad student. I became his major professor. When I left Bowling Green to go to Purdue, Scott followed. From the very beginning, Scott was an excellent mix of curiosity, intelligence, good humor, and energy. My main challenge was to get him to concentrate his efforts in one direction, as he found all of nature fascinating. When not doing science, Scott spent some of his time pulling good-natured pranks on me and others in the lab. We returned his pranks only to have him reciprocate. Those were fun times. At Purdue, Scott excelled i...n research and teaching; he was a model graduate student. At Allegheny, he soon became a master researcher and teacher despite the numerous physical challenges he incurred over the years. Over the years, he sent me several of his students to do their graduate work with me. All of them came well trained, energetic, and independent. All of them have moved on to successful careers. It was clear that Scott infected each of them with his curiosity, love of science, and energy. One thing I looked forward to each spring was Scott visiting for a night when he was en route to Colorado to begin his summer research. We would spend most of the evening on our screen porch discussing all manner of things. Two years ago, Scott visited us in our cabin in the northwoods of Wisconsin. We fished, talked, drank beer, and had fun for about 3 days. On one of our fishing trips, we were in my canoe, and all of a sudden Scott lurched over the side of the canoe to retrieve his sunglasses which he knocked in the water. Imagining my rod, reel, and tackle box all on the bottom of the lake, I almost toppled the canoe in my efforts to compensate for his movement. He told me afterwards that he had compensated for his lunge himself by hooking his foot on the opposite railing of the canoe to balance things out. He never got the sunglasses as they sank too fast. He then told me not to worry as the sunglasses only cost $2. His actions in the canoe clearly revealed that he was also an expert canoeist. Everything he did, he did well. If, and just if, he thought of doing this as a prank, he won. The picture below shows Scott and me at a little bog lake that was a favorite of mine in my youth. His expression of friendship and good humor is clearly evident.Read more