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Gilmore Stott *51

Published in Mar. 22, 2006, issue

Gilmore Stott, retired educator and mentor to generations of Swarthmore students, died of a heart attack May 4, 2005. He was 91.

Born in Indiana, Stott earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Cincinnati. In 1938, he won a Rhodes scholarship after fulfilling the athletic requirement with a three-month canoe trip and long-distance bike ride. During World War II, he served as an intelligence officer under Gen. George Patton, participating in the Battle of the Bulge and receiving the Bronze Star.

After the war, Stott earned a Ph.D. in philosophy at Princeton. As assistant to the director of the Institute for Advanced Study, he acted as chauffeur for Albert Einstein, an Institute faculty member.

Stott spent his career at Swarthmore, where in addition to teaching, he served variously as assistant dean, director of financial aid, associate provost, and special assistant to the president. He retired in 1985.

Passionately involved with music, Stott and his wife, Mary, joined the college orchestra and held musical soirees in their home. He took his last violin lesson the day before he died.

Predeceased by his wife, Stott is survived by two sons, two daughters, and 10 grandchildren.

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