- The Washington Times - Friday, May 13, 2005

Thomas J. Scott, 90, Senate staff director

Thomas J. Scott, a retired staff director of the Senate Appropriations Committee, died April 28 of cancer at his home in Bethesda. He was 90.

Born Jan. 14, 1915, in Douglas, Ariz., he graduated from high school in Douglas and went to work with the FBI in December 1934 as a messenger at FBI headquarters in the District. He attended Georgetown University and graduated from Benjamin Franklin University in 1938 with a degree in accounting. He was appointed a special agent in 1938 and completed training in the District and Quantico, Va., in February 1939.

He worked in Richmond and Philadelphia until 1940, when he was transferred to the Washington Field Office. Soon after, he was assigned as a supervisor at FBI headquarters.

In November 1943, he worked with the Senate Committee on Appropriations on a project involving the investigation of defense matters, including Lend Lease, after the committee’s acting chairman asked FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to supply one of his men to assist with the project.

In 1945 he resigned from the FBI to accept a full-time position with the Senate Appropriations Committee and was appointed assistant staff director for the committee two years later. In 1965, he was appointed staff director and served until 1973, when he retired.

He then worked for his own governmental relations firm, retiring in 1985.

He served as a volunteer financial consultant and accountant for St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Bethesda.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary K. Scott of Bethesda; four daughters, Ellen S. Johnson of Pittsburgh, Ann S. Fila of Sebring, Fla., Judy Scott Feldman of Rockville, Lisa Scott Shambaugh of North Sandwich, N.H.; one son, Thomas J. Scott Jr. of Bluemont, Va.; a sister, Teresa Scott of Douglas, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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