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In memoriam: Retired lawyer Scott Neely had outgoing personality

Scott Neely

Scott Calder Neely died in his sleep at his home in Redwood City, Calif., on Feb. 5, 2021.

Scott was born on May 9, 1949, in Oakland and was the first of three boys in his family. From early on, Scott demonstrated his trademark outgoing personality, starting with a leading role in his high school production of “Carousel.”

Scott earned his undergraduate degree in political science at UCLA, where he developed lifelong friendships with his Delta Tau Delta fraternity brothers. After he received his law degree from the University of San Francisco, Scott had an illustrious legal career, working for the prestigious Los Angeles firm of Riordan, Caps & Carbone and as in-house counsel at Unisys and other high-tech companies.

Scott balanced his work with a love for music and was a devoted follower of The Doors, ZZ Top and The Who, among others. This was equaled only by his love for several shelter-sourced golden retrievers, who brought him great joy.

After he retired, he continued to generously donate his time, volunteering at the YMCA and mentoring young readers.