Kirkwood Hall Of Famer Jim Scott Dies

KHS baseball, softball fields named for longtime sports booster

Mr. Scott (click for larger version)
February 08, 2013
James Cozean Scott of Kirkwood, a longtime supporter of Kirkwood athletics, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at home surrounded by his family. He had fought a brave battle with cancer for over 12 years.

Mr. Scott was born on Feb. 5, 1955, to Harry S. and Virginia R. Scott, and was raised in Kirkwood. He graduated from Kirkwood High School in 1973 and received a degree in marketing from the University of Tulsa in 1977. He moved back to St. Louis and worked for Southwestern Bell/AT&T, achieving his 30-year service anniversary in June of 2012.

In 1984, Mr. Scott met the love of his life, Peggy Groff, on a blind date playing bridge. In Peggy, he had not only met his life partner, but had finally met someone with whom he had to fight for the sports page.

In addition to his family and friends, Mr. Scott's main love was baseball. When his children were old enough to play organized ball, he was their coach. For over 15 years he had the "time of his life" managing or coaching their teams.

Always a devoted Kirkwood High School alumnus, in the late 1990s he became the driving force behind the "Kirkwood Diamond Classic," an annual golf tournament and silent auction that spanned six years and raised over $250,000 to improve the Kirkwood High School softball and baseball fields. In honor of his tireless efforts for this and many other volunteer Kirkwood High sports-related activities, in 2009 Mr. Scott was inducted into the Kirkwood Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2011 the Kirkwood School Board voted unanimously to name the Kirkwood High softball and baseball fields "The Jim Scott Diamond Classic Sports Complex."

In short, James C. Scott was "a giver not a taker," as he recently asked to be remembered. It was a quality that endeared him to everyone he met.

Mr. Scott is survived by his wife Peggy; his children, Alex and Megan; his father Harry; his brother Randy; his niece Sarah; many cousins and literally hundreds of friends.

Funeral is Saturday, Feb. 9, 9:30 a.m., from Bopp Chapel, 10610 Manchester Road in Kirkwood, to St. Gerard Majella Church for a 10 a.m. service. Visitation is Friday, Feb. 8, 4 to 8 p.m., at Bopp Chapel. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Siteman Cancer Center, Campus Box 1204, 7425 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63105; or the Kirkwood Pioneer Boosters Inc., attn. Jim Velten, 11289 Manchester Road, Kirkwood, Mo. 63122. Online guest book at

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