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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).
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