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Michael Scott, RIP

Phil Krone 16 November 2009 11 Comments

I was devastated this morning to hear of the death of Michael Scott, one of my very favorite people, and a friend of more than 27 years. I last saw him in Copenhagen just over a month ago.

He was dedicated, bright, honest, brash and well grounded and there is no ready explanation for this tragedy. While the news reports indicate that it was a suicide I do hope that an appropriate investigation is done to make sure that it was not a murder masked to look like a suicide. There are many angry people in this world and you never know who might act out. But either way, we have lost a great civic treasure.

I can honestly say, that I would be happy to trade my life for his, were it only possible, just as he would have done for many of the bright young men and women who have been killed in and around our schools. Since it isn’t, I’m going to do my best to carry out many of the values we often discussed and shared relating to community development, civility, education, preservation, justice, politics, government, gratitude and generosity.

I just spoke on the telephone to the greatest public school educator in Chicago’s modern history and he shared the same sentiments and feelings. Good must come from this evil.

There are many things that need to be said, but right now, what comes to mind are the words of the Reverend Senator James Meeks from a recent sermon:

“What a waste.”

May the record of his contributions, the joy of his life, and the warmth of his memories sustain all of Michael Scott’s family and friends at this horrific time.


Phil Krone is a regular correspondent for the Chicago Daily Observer


  • wylie tene said:

    We are sorry for your loss. anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide can find resources for coping at http://www.afsp.org/survivingsuicideloss.


  • kimmiekey said:

    Just wondering; is there an ACORN and Obama connection here?

  • snickerplease said:

    oh chicago…..so proud. another dead one. suprisingly it didnt go down on the south or westside.

  • snickerplease said:

    bless his soul and cps.

  • Kym said:

    I am stunned. I wish Michaels Family peace. This is going to be a hard journey. Gods love will see them through… I am so sad today.

  • Adrienne said:

    I met Michael Scott in the summer of 1975, when I worked in a summer work program at Martin Luther King apartment complex near Madison and Kedzie. Although, I was only 16 years old, I knew then that he was someone special. In college, I selected to feature Mr. Scott and his contributions to Chicago in my first freelance article published in a Westside community newspaper. I was proud to present it to many employers as a representative of my writing. I didn’t know how much it meant to my mother until the day he visited Near North School. She introduced herself, a Westsider and proud parent of Adrienne Raiford. And, although I doubt if he remembered me and I am certain he didn’t know her, he hugged her in front of all her colleagues and spoke to her with kindness and familiarity. The article I wrote has long been replaced with brochure samples in my portfolio, but I have a new memory of Michael – one that will stay in my heart forever. The respect he showed my mother will never be forgotten. May the warmth of his memories sustain his family and friends in this time of grief.

  • Lisa Townsend said:

    I am very sorry to hear about the passing of Micheal Scott, whom I learned over the years to be a great father, husband, brother, and leader. Condolences goes out to the family and it is my hope that the family stay strong, lean heavily on the LORD and each other for comfort and understanding.

    God Bless,
    Lisa T.
    Tchula, MS

  • Patrick said:


    “There are many angry people in this world and you never know who might act out”.

    That was my sentiment a couple years ago after receiving your phone calls.

    It is chilling to see your name in the media.

  • Pissed said:

    Kimmiekey that was completely inappropriate and uncalled for.

  • Phil Krone said:

    Patrick –

    I assume you are speaking to me. With only your first name I don’t know who you are. If you’re suggesting I made angry telephone calls (plural) to you please enlighten me further as I have no recollection of them. Also, this is probably my fourteenth or fifteenth column in these pages, so I don’t know why it was chilling for you to see my name.

    I await your reply at your convenience.

    Phil Krone

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