Cofounder of OU School of Visual Communication Dies

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ATHENS, OH (November 20, 2015) – Charles Lewis (Chuck) Scott, 91, died this morning at his home in Athens surrounded by his Athens family and under the care of his personal aides, hospice care, and his family.

Terry Eiler, Scott’s son-in-law, said the legendary photography editor and visual journalism professor died after a lengthy struggle with multiple organ failure.

Scott was Professor Emeritus and cofounder of the internationally recognized School of Visual Communication within the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University. He was recruited to Ohio University for the first time in 1969 to expand the visual education program in the School of Journalism. He earned a master’s degree in journalism in 1970 before taking a picture editor’s position at The Chicago Tribune in 1974. He returned to Ohio University in 1976 in the College of Communication and in 1978 cofounded the Institute of Visual Communication with Eiler, a shared program between the College of Fine Arts and the College of Communication. In 1986 the institute became a stand-alone School of Visual Communication (VisCom), eventually being moved completely into the College of Communication in the 1990’s.

Read the full obituary here.