Monday, February 28, 2005

Ron L. Carroll, who retired last year as Scout executive for the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, died Feb. 28 at his home in Wilmington, N.C., after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 59.

Mr. Carroll raised millions of dollars for the Boy Scouts and trained hundreds of full-time executives to further the Scouting movement. In 1997, the Boy Scouts’ National Council awarded him the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award to note his achievements.

He also was recognized by the Nonprofit Times in 1998 as one of the 50 most influential people in the country’s not-for-profit sector. The Association of Fundraising Professionals presented him with the national Chair’s Award for Outstanding Service in 2003.

He served on the Make A Difference Foundation board, and led a group of not-for-profit leaders to Russia in 1999, another group to South Africa in 2001, and another group to Cuba in 2003.

Mr. Carroll began his professional career with the Boy Scouts in 1969 as a district executive for the Pine Burr Area Council in Mississippi.

Most recently, Mr. Carroll served as Scout executive/executive director of the nation’s fourth-largest Scout council, located in Bethesda. He was ever the fund-raiser, and his retirement party raised more than $100,000 to name “Carroll’s Cottage” at Camp William B. Snyder — the National Capital Area Council’s new camp, which is under construction.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing at Mississippi State University.

He is survived by his wife, Pam; mother, Betty Ruth; brothers Mitch and Mike; daughter, E. Dealana Cheek; son, Adrian; stepsons Dean and Jeffrey Jeffreys; and three grandchildren.

The family has requested that any memorials go to any of three Boy Scout councils: National Capital Area Council Boy Scouts of America, 9190 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Md. 20814; Central Florida Council Boy Scouts of America, 1951 South Orange Blossom Trail, Suite 102, Apopka, Fla. 32703; and Cape Fear Council Boy Scouts of America, 110 Longstreet Drive, Wilmington, N.C. 28406.

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