|Amaranth to Zai Holes, Ideas for Growing Food under Difficult Conditions (ECHO, 1996, 397 p.)|
|ECHO development notes - issue 52|
ECHO and Scott's family were dealt a severe blow on January 10 when Scott, ECHO's Assistant Director, died unexpectedly after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife Kelly (formerly ECHO's Director of Public Relations), a two-year-old son Levi, a baby girl Hosanna Joy born in March, and his parents and sister.
Many in our network either knew Scott or corresponded with him. For the last eight years he spent over half of his work time answering the technical questions that arrive daily. He was unique in being able to spend hours at the computer writing careful replies to inquiries, or in the library or on the phone researching answers to difficult questions.
How will his death affect ECHO's ministry? He was exceptional at organizing information. A common phrase around ECHO was "Ask Scott." He would either know the answer or have it for us in a few minutes from his incredible computer databases. This trait has made the transition much easier than might be expected as we learn how to locate and use all the things he had on computer.
ECHO's 1995 Five Year Plan emphasized cross-training so that there would be no essential function at ECHO that only one person knew how to do. This has served us well in the face of this tragedy-and will be emphasized even more in the future. ECHO's technical writer, Laura Meitzner; nursery manager, Peggy Kemna; and Scott's assistant, Dan Sonke, have ably taken up the assignment of answering your inquiries.
So keep them coming. We know from Jesus' words in the Bible (John 5:24) "Most assuredly I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes in Him who sent me has everlasting life. He shall not come into judgment but has passed from death into life." Scott heard, believed, and worked harder than most of us to make his life like that of Christ. So our grief is moderated by the knowledge that he is now with the Lord. Return to INDEX.