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W. Jerrold "Jerry" Scoutt Jr. Passes Away at the Age of 93; Built a Legacy in Public Interest Law

By District of Columbia Bar

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According to the Washington Post, W. Jerrold "Jerry" Scoutt Jr.--a founding partner of the aviation law firm Zuckert, Scoutt & Rasenberger died Feb. 27 at his home in Bethesda, Md. 

"Mr. Scoutt was born Will Jerrold Scoutt Jr. in Hastings, Neb. Early in his career, he was a partner at several private practices in Washington. He was board chairman and legal counsel for World Airways for 15 years until retiring in 1993, and served as the interim president and chief executive of the charter carrier company in 1984. He served on the board of Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., and was a member of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Washington. Upon his retirement, Zuckert, Scoutt & Rasenberger established a grant prize in his honor for lawyers who provide legal services to disadvantaged D.C. residents."

Mr. Scoutt has an award named after him that "recognizes outstanding legal services lawyers in our community and is one of the highest honors available solely to public interest lawyers in the District of Columbia."  The D.C. Bar Foundation administers the award at the D.C. Bar's Judicial Reception. 

"It is with deep sadness that we mark the passing of one of our founding partners. Jerry was a gifted lawyer, a compassionate member of the community and a dear friend," said Zuckert, Scoutt & Rasenberger on its website.

Mr. Scoutt has built a profound legacy in public interest law and will be missed throughout the legal community.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, 1830 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC on May 9 at 2 p.m.

Click here to read the full obituary