D. Scott Ingersoll
1950 – 2022
D. Scott Ingersoll, age 72, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey on the 9th of June 1950, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, the 9th of June 2022, in Houston, Texas.
While scuba diving and snow skiing Scott touched the heights of mountains and the depths of seas and yet always managed to keep both feet planted firmly on the ground. This fierce practicality came from his experience in the boy scouts, and a long history of travel with his adventurous folks from New Jersey to Maine, Chicago, and Seattle where he went to catholic grade school in Bellevue. Then on to London, U.K. where he attended the first of 4 high schools St. Columbus School in St. Albins, and on to graduate from Tampa Jesuit in Florida, with a stop along the way in New York City. Between school sessions various further adventures were had all over the world. His dad would launch him down the airplane aisle to hold the good seats. And that was before he even started his 34 year career with Exxon Mobil.
As an only child Scott was a devoted son to H. Scott, and Florence Maye Heslin Ingersoll and they played a huge and supportive role for him and his family.
Scotty attended Boston College for 4 years in undergrad geology and 2 years for a masters in geophysics. He met his wife Maryann in the Boston College pool where they found chemistry underwater teaching a scuba class. He worked all over the US and discovered oil in Mobile Bay. His portfolio also included the UK, and the Middle East which earned him a coveted British Airways leather flight jacket and the only home he ever wanted, a snowbound log cabin he built on Powder Mountain, Utah. He loved the beach/marina front home on Bald Head Island NC as well.
As husband, dad, coach, and G-dad, Scott taught to travel clean, ate like a Brit with a fish knife, and could be be uncomfortably polite with chair pulls and dinner checks. He was babysitter during mom’s grad school finals, ran soccer practice, caught gymnastics, cheer, and dance routines, chased runaway ski poles and lost mittens, while introducing important cultural touchstones as Bond movies, grilling the perfect filet and anything else Maryann brought home, and the importance of a good hotel room. Not too close to the elevator please.
Beth’s family liked to call him Safety Scott and he was known to recite the Boy Scout Oath into retirement. And when asked at school what her dad did for work, Beth explained, “He rides airplanes.”
He is survived by his wife Maryann Patterson Ingersoll, daughter Elizabeth Ingersoll Guinn and her husband Steve Guinn and their two amazing children Stephen and Reagan of Houston, his son Christopher of Los Angeles, and of course the family dog Yorkie/Pom Scout.
Celebrations of Scotty’s life will be in Houston at The Warwick Towers, 1111 Hermann Dr. Houston, TX 77004 on Saturday, November 19, 2022, Bald Head Island Conservancy, Bald Head Island, North Carolina on Friday, November 25, 2022, and on Powder Mt. Ski Area, Eden, Utah on March 16, 2023.
Thanks to Amazing Place Houston, Angela, Chaplain Daniel, and Dr. Elizabeth Staruch. Also thanks to Anthony’s Nursing and Home Health, Lisa, Andrea, and Stephanie.
Donations are appreciated to these charities or to your non-profit of choice: Amazing Place Houston, 3735 Drexel Dr., Houston, TX 77027, https://www.amazingplacehouston.org/donate/ NAMI, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22203, https://nami.org/About-NAMI/Donate-to-NAMI or The Bald Head Island Conservancy, PO Box 3109, Bald Head Island, NC 28461, https://www.bhic.org/give/