Donald A. Scott, 84, of Lafayette Hill, a corporate lawyer, died April 14 at Chestnut Hill Hospital.
Mr. Scott retired in 1998 as a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bokius L.L.P., where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, securities law compliance and corporate governance for 41 years.
In 1990 he led the legal team for CoreStates Financial Corp. in the $745 acquisition of First Pennsylvania Bank. In 1986 he represented the Strawbridge & Clothier stores in preventing a hostile takeover bid, and ultimately in the sale of Strawbridge to May Department Stores Co.
Raised in Philadelphia, he attended the William Penn Charter School and Deerfield Academy. He was an honors graduate at Princeton University, where he was a championship squash player.
He served for two years in the Navy, then entered Harvard Law School where he was on the staff of the Harvard Law Review and graduated magna cum laude in 1956.
He worked as a law clerk to Judge Learned Hand of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit before joining Morgan Lewis in 1967.
Mr. Scott and his wife, the late Jeanne Cooper Scott, lived in West Mt. Airy until 2007, when they moved to the Hill at Whitemarsh in Lafayette Hill.
He was a member of Sunnybrook Golf Club, the Merion Cricket Club and the Philadelphia Cricket Club, where he won the Club Singles Championship for the last time at the age of 50. He also enjoyed golf and skiing.
He was a docent at the University of Pennsylvania Museum from 1998 through 2012. He was a lifelong member of Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church, where he was a trustee and elder.
He is survived by sons Andy and Jack; daughters Allison and Lindsay Leisenring, and nine grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church, 8855 Germantown Ave. Memorial donations may be made to Faith in Practice, Box 4976, Texas 77210. — WF
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