Scott Spangler

Scott Spangler passed away on January 17, 2019 at a hospice in Scottsdale, Arizona.  The cause of death was glioblastoma.  He was 80 years old.

Scott Michael Spangler was born on August 4, 1938 in Toledo, Ohio.  He was the son of Walter Spangler and Martha (Hirscher) Spangler.   He received an engineering degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1961, where he was president of Lambda Chi Alpha, and his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1963.

Scott met Jean Schmonsees in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1962 and they were married on June 10, 1963.

Following his graduation from Harvard Business School, Scott served as an MIT/Ford Foundation Fellow in the newly independent states of Ghana and Uganda, where he worked on fiscal and economic policy issues.  Scott and Jean’s first child, their daughter Karen, was born in Kampala in 1965.

Upon his return to the United States, Scott held executive positions at Cooper Industries and the White Motor Corporation in Ohio.  He held a number of executive leadership positions for companies in Houston, and Phoenix.  He founded the venture capital company First Phoenix Capital in 1984.

In 1990, Scott accepted a position in the administration of President George H.W. Bush, serving as acting administrator for Africa and later acting administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development.  Following his service in government, Scott served as chairman of Chemonics International, a Washington-based consulting firm that provides technical assistance to developing countries.

Scott served as vice-chairman of Save the Children USA, and on the boards of Africare, Population Action International, World Resources Institute, United World Colleges, the Grand Teton National Park Foundation and the Valley of the Sun YMCA.

Scott was a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, the World Presidents’ Organization, and the Chief Executives Organization.

In addition to his wife Jean, Scott is survived by his daughter Karen and her husband Matthew Yeo, by his son Scott Spangler Jr., and by his son Drew and Drew’s wife Beanie.  He is also survived by his five beloved grandchildren: Simon and Ellie Yeo, and Sydney, Georgia, and Riley Spangler.  He is further survived by his younger brothers, Steve and Jim Spangler, and their families.

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