Dr. Robert Scott, Carroll-based orthodontist, remembered as 'a powerful force in the community'

Dr. Robert Scott, Carroll-based orthodontist, remembered as 'a powerful force in the community'
Dr. Robert Scott (HANDOUT)

Decades ago, Carolyn Scott bought her husband, Dr. Robert "Bob" Scott, 40 grapevines as a present. He created a vineyard on the hill alongside their house — a location, Carolyn recalls Robert Scott saying was perfect for growing grapes — and sold some of them to commercial wineries.

He even made some wine himself, though Carolyn Scott joked "It got better over the years. It didn't start out too well."


While Robert Scott was known throughout Carroll for his orthodontistry, Carolyn Scott holds on to other memories of her husband. His winery, his love of skiing and his hobby of underwater photography while scuba diving are just a few things Scott loved, his wife said.

Robert Scott, 73, died June 30 at University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center from injuries sustained in a fall. The family will receive friends 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 6, at Haight Funeral Home & Chapel in Sykesville. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Baker Memorial Chapel on McDaniel College's campus.

The Carroll County orthodontist grew up in Baltimore County before earning his bachelor's degree in three years from then Western Maryland College in 1966, according to a news release from McDaniel College. In 1969, he graduated first in his class from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, and, according to the release, from 1969-1971, served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps before training in orthodontics at Georgetown University.

In 1973, Scott opened his private practice specializing in orthodontics in Westminster. By the time of his retirement in 2014, he had six offices around the county and three partners.

Dr. Robert Scott
Dr. Robert Scott (HANDOUT)

Carolyn Scott said her husband was heavily involved in the community and cared about trying to make the county grow. It always saddened him to see closed storefronts, she said.

"He wanted it to be a vibrant community," she said.

Scott loved his children and grandchildren, his wife said, and was someone who was always kind and welcoming to everyone.

"From all of the messages that I've been getting from everyone, they talk about what a loss it is to the community and how much he meant," she added.

McDaniel President Roger Casey echoed those thoughts, and said Scott's death took a lot of people by surprise. Casey said Scott and his wife, who is a member of the college's board of trustees, have been "marvelous" supporters of the college. They were at virtually every event at the school, he said.

Robert Scott had a really "solid presence," Casey added. "He was a powerful force in the community," he said. "He's going to be really missed."

Scott became a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics in 1985, and influenced the profession of orthodontics through his service in all of the chairs of the State and Middle Atlantic Societies of Orthodontists. After his retirement, Scott continued to mentor young orthodontists in the orthodontic program at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

Scott engaged in a number of philanthropic activities, both locally and internationally, throughout his life. He traveled with the Commission on Missions Dental Team to Costa Rica. Further dental missions were with the Equadent Foundation to Ecuador and with Operation Smile to Morocco and Kenya.

For his volunteer work, Scott was inducted into the International College of Dentists.

Scott helped establish the first Montessori School in Westminster and served as president of the Westminster Rotary Club. He also served on several committees at Westminster United Methodist Church.


In a professional capacity, Scott spent more than 20 years as a director of Union National Bank and then Mercantile Bank.

For the past seven years, he served as chairman of the Industrial Development Authority of Carroll County. The IAD provided a statement that said Scott served with "distinction" after being elected as chairman in 2009.

"He provided voluntary leadership and guidance beyond measure — enabling many businesses to expand or relocate to Carroll County, and, by doing so, creating many jobs in our community. He did so in the most caring, professional, and civil manner. His presence will be missed," the statement reads.

McDaniel College Historian and Westminster Rotary Club Secretary James Lightner said he'd known Scott for 55 years — first as a student at the college and later as a fellow member of the Rotary Club.

"He was a good friend," Lightner said.

Lightner said everyone in the club was shocked by Scott's death.

"It's just a great loss to the community and to us personally. We will miss him," he said.

Scott was always concerned about others, and was always generous and warm, Lightner said.

"I highly respected him as a professional," he said. "He shared so much of his time and talent."


Funeral information

The family will receive friends 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Haight Funeral Home & Chapel, 6416 Sykesville Road, Sykesville. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Baker Memorial Chapel on McDaniel College's campus. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Westminster, 25 Union St., Westminster, MD 21157 or to Westminster United Methodist Church, 165 E. Main St., Westminster, MD 21157. Online condolences may be offered at