Donald H. Scott, president of the Long Beach City College Board of Trustees, died Sunday of complications after heart surgery. Scott, 75, had been on the board since 1978 when he retired after 34 years of teaching Spanish and political science at the college. He had been the board's president since April, 1987.
"He was one of the most meticulous individuals I've ever seen and a true professional educator," said C. Thomas Dean, the board's vice president. "He was interested in developing a strong academic program and physical facilities, and was very interested in student assessments."
Dean said no decision has been made on whether to appoint an interim successor to serve the two years remaining on Scott's term or to call a special election to replace him. Three trustees on the five-member board face reelection in April.
There will be a memorial service for Scott at 1:15 p.m. Friday at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park in Cypress. A scholarship fund in his name is being established by the Long Beach City College Foundation.