Philip E. Scott Jr., 83, executive

March 03, 2006

Philip E. Scott Jr., who had been president of Kirk-Stieff Inc. and later chairman and chief executive officer of a Baltimore masonry products and chemical company, died of a cardiac arrest Saturday at a Lumberton, N.J., retirement community. The former Homeland resident was 83.

Mr. Scott was born in Camden, N.J., and raised in Stratford, N.J. He was a 1943 graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. During World War II, he was a Navy lieutenant aboard the cruiser USS Raleigh in the Pacific.

After the war, Mr. Scott returned to Philadelphia, where he worked for several accounting firms. In the early 1950s, he joined Esterbrook Pen Co. in Camden and was promoted to international vice president.

In 1963, he became president of Lif-O-Gen Inc., a manufacturer of emergency oxygen and laboratory gases.

A decade later, he came to Baltimore when he was appointed president of Kirk-Stieff Inc., the oldest silversmith company in the country. The company resulted from the merger of Samuel Kirk & Sons, founded in 1815, and Stieff Co., which was established in 1892.

In 1984, Mr. Scott retired from the company and became chairman and chief executive officer of Burns & Russell, a masonry products and chemical company that had been established as a Baltimore brick-maker in 1790.

After leaving Burns & Russell in the 1980s, he was briefly an executive with Cutronix, a Timonium manufacturer of computer equipment, until its sale at the end of the decade.

After retiring, Mr. Scott joined the Abell Foundation, where he lent his business expertise to several local manufacturing companies that were in transition, family members said.

Mr. Scott had been an active member of Second Presbyterian Church and the St. George's Society. He also enjoyed sailing on the Chesapeake Bay aboard the Bellendaine, his 30-foot sailboat, hiking and duck hunting.

In 2001, Mr. Scott and his wife of 55 years, the former Margaret Caroline Trucksess moved to Medford Leas at the Lumberton retirement community.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Moorestown, N.J., where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Also surviving are a son, Philip A. Scott of Maplewood, N.J.; a daughter, Meg Woolmington of North Bennington. Vt.; and seven grandchildren.

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