Mike Coleman, who attended Joe’s funeral, wrote: “It’s hard to think about all the good memories but know that Joe was great to be around as he had wonderful sense of humor and was fun to be with. He owned a box at Keeneland race track that was approximately 2 boxes from the finish line and I believe he spent many racing seasons there. I was lucky enough to attend a couple of race days there over the years. Race season is shortly before the Kentucky Derby. It is like a minnie Derby with all the pomp and beautiful people and he often hosted race parties at his home.. He fought a kidney disease and prostate cancer for years and finally had a transplant with a kidney donated by his youngest daughter, Jane. He always said it was his loving wife Patty who kept him on the straight and narrow for all those years prior to the transplant. He will be sorely missed.”
Classmates attending Joe’s funeral were:
Michael Coleman & wife Gloria
Michael Wolf & wife Mary Bartlett (SMC ’68)
SCOTT Joseph Mitchell Jr., 69, former U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, died July 5, 2016. The son of the late Joseph Mitchell Scott and Marjorie Rush Scott, he was born September 1, 1946 in Lexington. He graduated from Lexington Catholic High School in 1964, the University of Notre Dame in 1968 with an accounting degree, and the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1972. He joined Stoll, Keenon & Park in 1972, where he created and headed the firm’s bankruptcy practice. He left to become the U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky in 1999, serving as Chief Judge for 10 years, from 2001-2011. After retiring from the bench, he rejoined Stoll, Keenon Ogden in 2012. Prior to his law practice, he was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve in 1968 and taught accounting at the University of Kentucky from 1968-1971. He formerly owned the Chevy Chase Inn, was an avid handicapper, and was known and admired for his quick wit, extensive knowledge, sound judgment and unparalleled sense of humor. He was devoted to his family and traveled widely with his wife and daughters. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Thompson Scott; daughters, Rush Scott Ray (Kyle) of Lexington and Jane Mitchell Scott (Ghuffran Ali) of Cincinnati; one granddaughter, Maryanne Scott Ray; sisters, Susan Scott Coughlin (Joseph E.) of Kenilworth, IL and Anne Scott Dadds (Harry) of Georgetown; brothers, John Geary Scott (Lynn McComas) of Lexington and Richard Campbell Scott (Anne) of Northville, MI; numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, as well as nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and many longtime friends. Services will be held 10am Friday, July 8, 2016 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the Lexington Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8pm Thursday at Kerr Brothers-Harrodsburg Road. The pallbearers will be James R. Boyd, C. Timothy Cone, John G. Irvin, Gregory R. Scott, Albert E. Southwood and Frank L. Wilford. The family suggests contributions to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Dr, Lexington, KY 40504, St. Paul Catholic Church, 501 W. Short St, Lexington, KY 40507 or the National Kidney Foundation , www.kidney.org in lieu of flowers.
Published in Lexington Herald-Leader from July 6 to July 7, 2016