Scofield, Richard Tremont - Age 56. Monday, July 19, 2004 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was born June 29, 1948 in Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Frances (Tremont) and Kennard Scofield. He graduated from University of Connecticut 1970 and received his Masters degree in Child Development in 1979 from George Peabody at Vanderbilt. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Johnson and children Tara Johnson, Susie Johnson, Joel Williamson and Quintaria Brunson; four grandchildren, Joel (LJ), Yhazmyn, Jaliyah and Aanya and many beloved friends and extended family. Rich was founder and publisher of School-Age NOTES, a child development specialist and for 27 years was a recognized leader in the field of school-age care. He was the founding vice-president and long-time board member of the National School-Age Care Alliance and has served on the board of directors and in various positions for the Tennessee School-Age Care Alliance and the Southern Early Childhood Association. He was a neighborhood activist city-wide and particularly in the Breeze Hill community. He impacted thousands of children, families, and providers with his writings and public speaking. He lived life with irrepressible spirit and tenacity as well as generosity and sensitivity. No words to adequately describe the emptiness left by his death. A Celebration of Life Memorial service will be held July 31 at 2:00 at Harambee Auditorium, Scarritt-Bennett Retreat Center; Nashville, Tennessee, followed by a reception and tree-planting ceremony at his home 2934 Vaulx Lane. Visitations will be at his home on Wednesday, July 21 4:00-8:00 and one hour before the Celebration of Life at Harambee Auditorium. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the "Richard T. Scofield Memorial Education Fund for Children", Bank of America, 645 Thompson Lane, Nashville, Tennessee, 37204.
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Personal note: I only knew Rich for a little while but he was a great guy. He was my brother in minutae and trivia. He, like me, was an only child. He was always entertaining and he cared deeply for his kids and grandkids. I really will miss him.