John S. Scott
John S. Scott
Hometown: Wilton, CT
Team: Football

John S. Scott '50
Wilton, CT
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In the spring of 1949, John S. Scott ’50 was your typical “Big Man on Campus.” He had been elected class president, junior Phi Betta Kappa, and co-captain of the 1949 football team. But, then, being a “BMOC” was nothing new to the quiet, soft-spoken John Scott. As a junior at West Orange High School in New Jersey he was vice president of his junior class, among other things, before leaving to attend Houghton Preparatory School in New York, where he captained the baseball team. During World War II, Scott served two years with the Navy as motor mechanic 3rd Class in the Pacific. Then came the Brown years. After lettering as a sophomore, Scott became the first string center on two of Brown’s finest football machines – the 7-2 group of 1948 and the famous “eight for nine in ’49” powerhouse. The 1948 team defeated Princeton, Holy Cross, a strong Rutgers team, Western Reserve, and Colgate, among others. A year later Coach Rip Engle’s gung-ho group of football players blitzed everything in their path – except Princeton, which upset the Bears 27-14 as an unknown sophomore named Dick Kazmire made his collegiate football bow. “Johnny Scott was a fine football player,” says the line coach of that era, Gus Zitrides. “His speed was a help in downfield blocking on offense and was equally important when he backed up the line. On top of that, for a guy who didn’t say much he was a fine leader.” A teammate, Fred Kozak ’50, recently talked about Scott’s leadership. “With Johnny and Joe Paterno as co-captains in 1949 we had two strong leaders for that group of older players. But each was different. Joe Paterno, of course, was the holler guy, the co-captain was a pocket full of one-liners to break the tension when necessary. Scotty was different. He led by example. He was the solid rock out there. He and Joe were contrasts, but I think it was good to have it that way.” After the 1949 season ended, John Scott had one more football game to play. He was selected to represent the north in the annual Blue-Gray game at Montgomery, Alabama. Today, John Scott is president and chief executive officer of Richardson-Vicks, Inc., of Wilton, Conn. He and his wife, Carol, have two daughters, Lauren and Christyn.