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Scott Meyer 1954-2015

Scott Meyer of Millbrook, NY, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 19 at The Kent in Connecticut after a 3 year battle with melanoma. He was born January 11, 1954 in Sharon, CT, son of the late Barbara and Schuyler M. Meyer Jr.  

He attended Dutchess Day School, graduated from Millbrook School (1973) and Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, NH (1977), where he received a BA in Elementary Education/Archeology/Biology as an Independent Major. He graduated cum laude with honors in Elementary Education. He described himself as a constant learner through voracious reading.  He especially loved the history of science and technology. He had a genuine love of working with students. Scott wholeheartedly embraced each community in which he lived. After graduating from college he taught grades four to six in Massachusetts, first at the Winchendon School System, then at Applewild, a private school in Fitchburg.  He explored the world of archeology with his Winchendon students as an extracurricular activity, bringing them at year’s end to ply their skills in the backyard of his family farm in Millbrook.

Coaching the young was one of Scott’s passions, especially soccer. He held a U.S. Soccer Federation coaching license. While teaching in Winchendon Scott created a start-up program as the town’s Director of Recreation (1977-1980), founding the Winchendon Soccer Association. In 1982-83, he coached All Star soccer for boys under 19 and girls under 16. In 1980 he became a certified coach for Special Olympic Soccer. His goal was to bring joy and enthusiasm to the game.

In 1983 Scott returned to Millbrook where he founded the Merritt Bookstore, starting with two tables on the main street. He continued teaching as a substitute for several years in the Millbrook, Dover, and Webatuck school districts, as well as Dutchess Day School. As he was settling into the community, his future wife walked into his bookstore one day in quest of a book on Newfoundland. Scott immediately led her to a selection by Farley Mowat, known author of great stories of the Canadian provinces. Then he pointed out a  letter his father had received from the author.  He married Alison Brooke Silkworth on May 21, 1988 at the Flagler Memorial Chapel at Millbrook School.

Scott enjoyed his 32 years as an active member of the Millbrook community, serving as president of the Millbrook Business Association, where he was a board member for 26 years, the Rotary Club of Millbrook (1998-99), and the Town of Washington Historical Society (1994-99). He served on the boards of Dutchess Day School, Millbrook Free Library, Housatonic Audubon Society and was a founding member of the Town of Washington Conservation Advisory Commission. He also served on a number of selection committees for educational scholarships over the years.  With a vision to enliven the Millbrook community, he inspired a committee to create an annual “Garden Day” event (1992-98) and did the same in creating the “Millbrook Literary Festival” in 2008 which continues as an annual event. 

Scott loved what he did as a bookseller.  Scott was one of the original booksellers featured on the WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s weekly Book Picks segment. He enjoyed that tremendously for 15 years. He was an initial host of Rotary Radio, a weekly show given to discussion on local and world issues in which Rotary is involved. He could also be heard discussing books and upcoming events as a guest on WKZE.

Scott shared his book expertise and humor as master of ceremonies for the Mid-Hudson Library System “Battle of the Books” during its first years beginning in 2005. Scott served on the advisory board of the New England Independent Booksellers Association, the education committee of the John Burroughs Society, the State Conference of the Waterways of NY, and the George Bird Grinnell American Indian Children’s Fund (Vice-pres. 1989-2002, Pres. 2002- 2008). The Fund was named after his great-great-uncle, the naturalist and ethnologist, providing educational opportunities and other assistance to American Indian families.

Scott is survived by his wife of 27 years, Alison Silkworth Meyer; two sons, Lawton and Schuyler Meyer, both of Millbrook; his brother Allen Meyer of Millbrook; two sisters, Molly Meyer of New Haven, CT and Aileen (Chuca) Meyer of Washington D.C.  His brother Schuyler M. (Ted) Meyer III pre-deceased him in 2009. 

A memorial service will be held at the Millbrook School Chapel, 1 p.m. on Sunday August 2. A reception follows at Charlotte’s at which everyone is welcome.  As a long- standing member of Grace Episcopal Church in Millbrook, Scott had asked in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Grace Church, P.O. Box 366, Millbrook NY, 12545. Donations will be used toward programs in youth ministries.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Allen Funeral Home, 3270 Franklin Ave., Millbrook, NY 12545. If you would like to leave an online condolence please visit www.HudsonValleyFuneralHomes.com