School board chief laid to rest

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Hundreds of mourners filled the Holy Family Church, 1080 W. Roosevelt Road, Saturday afternoon for the private funeral services for the late Chicago Board of Education President Michael Scott.

Hundreds of mourners filled the Holy Family Church, 1080 W. Roosevelt Road, Saturday afternoon for the private funeral services for the late Chicago Board of Education President Michael Scott.

Scott’s body was found near a Chicago River embankment in the pre-dawn hours of Nov. 16 in the 300 block of North Orleans, his head and shoulders submerged in the water, police said.

The medical examiner ruled his death a suicide, which those close to him, including Mayor Richard Daley – who twice appointed school to the school board – have said is out of character for him.

On program at the funeral was the Kenwood Academy Concert Choir Ensemble and gospel song bird Kim Stratton.

Awho’s-who of political, education and civic leaders were among those attending the services, including U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, D-7th, and Connie Payton, wife of the late NFL icon Walter Payton.

Even as his family, friends and other well-wishers entered the church to celebrate Scott’s life, Chicago police continue to investigate his death.

Police Supt. Jody Weis said at a news conference the day Scott’s body was found that, “We know what the M.E. ruled, but there are a lot of questions out there.”

For his family, there was no question of who Scott was and how he lived his life.

“Michael was a man of extraordinary distinction, in both his private life and public life. In all roles, he brought congeniality, compassion, loyalty and trust,” his obituary read. “His love and devotion to wife, children and siblings was boundless. The longevity and accomplishments of his civic service on behalf of city and community was almost peerless.”

Saturday’s services were private, but on Sunday a public memorial was held for Scott at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Scott is survived by his wife, Diana; daughter, Monique; son, Michael Jr.; brother, Tracy; sister, Beryl; and granddaughters Madison and Morgan.

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