In loving Memory Of Dr. James Scott

Bird TLC’s founder, Dr. James Scott, DVM, passed away on January 25th, 2017. Dr. Scott was an inspirational visionary, and our organization would not exist were it not for his compassion and drive to make this world a better place.

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Born in Hayden, Colorado on August 21, 1932, Dr. Scott grew up caring for baby birds, while playing football and skiing. In January 1951 he joined the Navy, serving on the Hector during the Korean War. He married Carol in 1955, who helped put him through veterinary school. Arriving in Alaska in 1960, he started the Arctic Animal Hospital and eventually the Bird Treatment and Learning Center, providing years of service to animals and birds throughout Alaska, and educating children about the importance of environmental concerns, especially after the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Jim was the recipient of multiple awards for his veterinary service, as well as the Pfizer Merit Award for activities in Civil Defense following the Alaska Earthquake. He was honored by President Reagan with the Take Pride in America award. Jim was a member of the International Rotary Club of Anchorage and a longtime member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church. He developed renown as a skilled wood carver, silversmith, sculptor, and multi-media painter. His wonderful storytelling skills entertained children and adults alike for years. Jim was a consummate learner and imparted that to everyone he interacted with, stating that his goal was "to be a good human being", which he succeeded at beyond measure.

Jim is survived by his wife, Carol, daughters Christy and Karen, sons Robert and Jon, five grandchildren, son-in-law Jim Henkelman, and so many friends and loved ones that are part of the extended family. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Shari, and both his brothers, Robert and Don.

A beautiful memorial service was held at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Anchorage, Alaska, at which the family requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Bird Treatment and Learning Center.