Ronald Dee Scott was born on May 25, 1935, in Strong City, Oklahoma, to Herman Dee Scott and Alta Davis Scott. He passed away on January 1, 2022, at the age of 86 years. At the time of his death, Ronald was living in Huntsville, Alabama, where his career with NASA began.
Ronald was graduated from Cheyenne High School in 1953 and was graduated from SWOSU in 1957 with a degree in physics and mathematics. While at SWOSU he met and married Pat Self and they had 3 children during their marriage. In 1957, Ronald began his long career with NASA at the Marshall Space and Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. During these years, 1957-1960, he worked with the Army Ballistics Missile Agency in missile development. From 1961-1968, Ronald was project engineer at the astrodynamics laboratory during the design, development, and launch of the Saturn V rocket used in the Apollo lunar missions. His work was recognized and he was given a special performance award by the head of the department, Dr. Werner von Braun. In the course of his career, Ronald served in a number of leadership positions at the national level creating policy.
Ronald found the time to earn a master’s degree in science at the University of Alabama and Indiana University. As a Sloan Fellow, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Indiana University for his many accomplishments. After the Apollo Space Program, Ronald became a member of Dr. von Braun’s team at the Energy Department in Washington D.C. He worked with NASA’s Space Shuttle Task Group and Space Station Evaluation Board. While in Washington D.C., he ran the U.S. Solar Energy Program for the Energy Research and Development Agency for four years. Throughout this service, Ronald was chosen as the U.S. Solar Energy Man of the Year in Engineering.
During these years Ronald met and married Patricia Hughes McClesky and gained three step-children. He retired in 1983, moved to Houston, Texas, and established an engineering consulting firm.
After he and his wife, Patricia, retired again, they moved to Florida until health concerns had them return to Huntsville, Alabama, to be close to family.
Ronald is survived by his sons, Mark and Steve Scott, of Shawnee, Oklahoma; daughter Kelly Ellson and husband, Randy of Oregon; two stepdaughters, Wendi Cochran and husband, Tony, of Albertville, Alabama; Vicki McGuire and husband, Paddy, of Huntsville, Alabama; one stepson, Richard McClesky of Manassas, Virginia; one sister, Marie (Tillie) Bradshaw and husband, Larry, of Cheyenne, Oklahoma; and five grandchildren.
During his life of working around the world, Ronald never forgot his western Oklahoma roots and will finally be laid to rest on the red hill where he grew up. A memorial service will be held at a later date.