Scott Slaybaugh Bair Jr., 73, owned advertising firm

August 05, 2005

Scott Slaybaugh Bair Jr., retired owner of a Carroll County outdoor advertising company and a former county commissioner, died Monday from stroke complications at his Westminster home. He was 73.

A Westminster native and 1949 graduate of Westminster High School, he briefly attended Gettysburg College.

As a youngster, Mr. Bair worked for his father's outdoor advertising business, National Advertising Co., which was founded in 1927.

In 1954, he and his wife established Bair Outdoor Advertising Co., which they operated until selling the business and retiring in 2002.

Active in Republican politics, Mr. Bair was elected as a Carroll County commissioner in 1966, serving one four-year term.

He enjoyed collecting Lincoln and Cadillac automobiles, and was a member of the Elks Club of Westminster and Grace Lutheran Church.

Services were yesterday.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, the former Joan Matthews; a son, Scott S. Bair III of Atlanta; a daughter, Priscilla Bair Pickett of New Windsor; four brothers, Harvey B. Bair, Henry N. Bair, Emerson F. Bair and Glenn S. Bair, all of Westminster; a sister, Elizabeth Bair Warehime of Westminster; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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