Professor Emeritus of Philosophy Scott Crom, 85, died on Aug. 1 in Beloit.
Crom was on Beloit’s faculty from 1954 to 1993, coming from Yale University, where he taught for two years after completing his Ph.D. During his long tenure at Beloit, he inspired generations of students to become critical, careful thinkers. His standards were famously high, and countless former students over the years identified him as a favorite professor in alumni surveys. He was elected Teacher of the Year three times by students and was the first faculty member to hold the Gayle and William Keefer Chair in the Humanities. When he retired, the Alumni Association named him an honorary member.
In addition to his influence in Beloit’s classrooms, Crom and his wife, Nancy, were activists for peace and social justice. They were active in the Religious Society of Friends, holding Quaker Meetings in their Clary Street home, a block from campus. In 1992, Beloit College established a Peace Garden at the east entrance to the World Affairs Center. Dedicated to Scott and Nancy Crom, it was designed by O.V. Shaffer’50, in recognition of the Croms’ service in a variety of Rock County (Wis.) peace organizations. On a stone, the inscription reads: “We are one. We are connected to the whole. Each act of ours affects the whole.”
A memorial gathering was held on campus Oct. 25.
Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth Crom’76 and Kathryn Crom Holmes’77, a son, Steven Crom’79, and two grandchildren. Nancy Crom passed away in 1992. The family has requested that donations go to the Scott and Nancy Crom Scholarship for Peace and Social Justice, at Pendle Hill, Wallingford, Penn.