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Scott Crom, neighbor and longtime professor, has died

August 5, 2013

Scott Crom, retired professor of philosophy at Beloit College, passed away on Thursday afternoon. Provost Ann Davies reports that Scott’s son, Steve, is planning a campus memorial service for the fall. Any details about such an event will be shared broadly when they are finalized.

Dr. Crom joined the college in 1954. He and his wife Nancy, who worked in the Registrar's office at the college, were both fixtures on the campus, in the neighborhood (they lived on Clary Street), and in the lives of students and colleagues.

Those who didn’t know Scott may recognize his name. The peace garden in front of the World Affairs Center was created in honor of the Croms and bears their names. The inscription on the stone there reads “We are one. We are connected to the whole. Each act of ours affects the whole.”

The Spring 2012 issue of Beloit College Magazine also included a telling mention of the Croms, their generosity, and their home on Clary Street.

In “Like a voice over the radio” (page 12), J. Edson  Way’68 describes how he and his wife Jenny Way’69 attended Beloit Quaker meetings at the Crom home for nine years beginning in the late ‘70s.

In the story, Way describes the importance of the Croms in his spiritual growth.

“The ancient Celtic Christians in Britain talk about thin places in the universe where the spirit realm is more apparent, and to me the Crom home was one of those thin places,” he said.