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Charles M. Scott, bomber pilot and procurement specialist, dies at 89

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Charles M. Scott, 89, a retired Air Force captain who flew in World War II and the postwar Berlin Airlift and became a procurement specialist for the federal government, died Oct. 11 at Anne Arundel Medical Center of a brain aneurysm.

The death was confirmed by his daughter Margaret “Peggy” Schiff, a retired vice president of finance and human resources at The Washington Post.

In 1944, Capt. Scott left college in his native West Virginia and joined the Army Air Forces. During World War II, he piloted B-24 bombers over Germany.

After his plane was shot down, he was held captive for about six months in a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany until liberated by the Russians at the end of the conflict.

He remained a pilot for the duration of his military career, which ended in 1961. He then joined NASA as a procurement specialist assigned to Project Mercury, the manned-spacecraft mission.

He later worked for the Defense Department and the Army Department. He spent four years at the Government Printing Office before retiring in 1980 as manager of printing and procurement. He subsequently spent about a decade as a consultant and teacher in procurement, traveling worldwide.

Charles Marshall Scott was born April 14, 1922, in Beckley, W.Va., and raised in Huntington, W.Va. His family said he was named in part for Chief Justice John Marshall, a great-great-grandfather on his mother’s side.

He attended what is now Marshall University in West Virginia before joining the military.

His decorations included the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.

He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from George Washington University in 1969 — graduating with distinction — and a master’s degree from GWU’s business school in 1971.

He was also a graduate of the National War College at Fort McNair.

He was a Bowie resident. His memberships included Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Bowie, the American Legion and the Country Club at Woodmore in Mitchellville.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Betty Francis Scott of Bowie; three children, Margaret “Peggy” Schiff of University Park, James M. Scott of Annapolis and Robert P. Scott of Pasadena; two grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

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