GLOVERSVILLE -- Mountain Valley Hospice will honor and celebrate its former board chairman Jack Scott with the second annual Nancy J. Dowd Humanitarian Award on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the organization's campus at 108 Steele Ave. in Gloversville.
Scott said he is deeply honored by the recognition from Mountain Valley Hospice, which he called "the finest organization" he has ever been associated with during his 54-year working career. He joins former Fulton County Board of Supervisors member and elementary educator Ellen J. Wood who was the first Nancy J. Dowd Humanitarian Award recipient last year.
In self deprecating style, Scott downplayed his selection.
"As you've probably determined, this year was a weak year for candidates," he quipped.
Mountain Valley Hospice operates the Nancy Dowd Hospice Home, an 8-bed facility with "elegant, rustic" style decor, which provides 24/7 care for those seeking comfort from terminal illnesses. The facility services patients from Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga and Hamilton Counties. Scott said his association with the organization has changed the way he views life.
"I’ve come to embrace the realization that dying really is a component of living and the beginning of a new journey," he said.
Patrick Dowd, the son of Nancy J. Dowd who was the first executive director of Mountain Valley Hospice, chaired the task force that selected Scott. He said Scott was a key part of the growth of MVH.
“Jack displays a relentless pursuit to improve his community and to help those who live within it. My family and I have had the pleasure of watching him work directly with our mother and MVH as the organization grew from a small team of committed people working out of a small space in downtown Gloversville to the impressive pillar in our community that it is today," he said. "Jack has willingly committed his skills, intellect, personality and influence to help MVH in any way that was, or continues to be, needed. My family and the NDHA Task Force are honored to recognize Jack as the 2019 recipient of this award. We wish to extend our extreme gratitude to Jack and his family.”
Scott is most known for his 32-year tenure as the owner of the Gloversville radio station WENT 1340 AM, 105.1 FM, which he sold to Thnk Tank Media in 2018. During that time period, he served on the MVH board for 25 years, including two stints as chairman from 2005-06 and then again from 2015-16.
His broadcasting career began in 1970 as a talk show host and sports anchor for an ABC affiliate in Connecticut. He's worked as a disc jockey, program director, sales manager, and freelance radio voice-over talent — but, before all of that, he began his working career after college as a bank trust investment officer in Connecticut.
"I knew I wasn't going to enjoy that for very long. I got out of school in 1964. I'm an old man," Scott said of his long and winding work history.
After his stint in banking, he worked as an administrator for a large convalescent hospital. He said that experience helped inform his desire to be involved with Mountain Valley Hospice.
"The reason I've been involved for so long, is the work that they do is some of the hardest, most stressful nursing, medical type work that there is," he said. "They are very special people. I would never leave anything like that. It's been a privilege to be on the board. I haven't been hands-on. I sit with the patients occasionally, but I don't do the dirty work. The nurses, the aides and the doctors do that."
There are a long list of volunteer boards Scott has served on, including: Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, Fulton Montgomery Community College, Colonial Health Care (Nathan Littauer Hospital), Family Counseling Center, Fulton County Economic Development Corporation, Eccentric Club, and the Fulton Montgomery Leadership Academy.
Scott played vital roles on the Fulton County YMCA Capital Campaign Committee, Gloversville Library Committee, and ASAAPS Promise Advisory Board. He was awarded the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow Award and Fulton County Bar Association Law Day Liberty Bell Award. Most recently, he and his wife wife of 55 years, Shirley, shared the Lexington ARC annual Community Service Award.
Since he sold the radio station, Scott said he has remained active with the chamber of commerce, FMCC board and MVH. He said he's also had time to read books, but he hasn't yet fulfilled one of his retirement goals, which he hopes to change soon.
"We haven't been able to travel. I've only been out [of owning the station] for about nine months," he said. "We do want to do some traveling, and see family, because we have family that's kind of scattered, not too much around here."
The general public is invited to attend the open-house celebration for the presentation of the Nancy J. Dowd Humanitarian Award from 5 to 7 p.m. with the award presentation set for 6 p.m. Finger foods and refreshments will be served.
More information about the event can be obtained by calling MVH at 518-725-4545 or by email at [email protected]