Saturday, May 25, 2024


Robert P. Scholl, Prominent Attorney, 88

Robert P. Scholl, a prominent former Westport attorney and the man who always said, “super duper!” when asked how he was, died May 28 in Middlebury. He was 88. Image
Robert Scholl: always “super duper” Contributed photo

Scholl practiced law in Westport for more than 55 years and served in numerous elected and appointed positions. He represented the Greens Farms Association for many years and was the longest serving member of the Westport Volunteer Fire Department.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Carolyn Barton Scholl; his brother, Donald B. Scholl (Margaret) of Westchester, Pennsylvania; four children (Jennifer Scholl Swanson (Dick) of Westford, Massachusetts; Jeffrey B. Scholl (Deborah) of Stratford; Gregory H. Scholl (Kelly) of Clearwater, Florida; and Anthony T. Scholl (Donna) of Royal Palm Beach, Florida); four granddaughters (Winry, Jessica, Emily, and Sara) and one special-needs cat, Sophie Scholl of Middlebury (and yes, he wrote this obituary). He is also remembered by a niece, three nephews, and countless friends across the globe.

Born May 29, 1931 in Englewood, New Jersey, he grew up in Tenafly and moved to Connecticut in 1947, where he lived the rest of his life in New Canaan, Wilton, Bridgeport, Fairfield, Greens Farms, Westport (40 years), and Middlebury.

He was a graduate of Vermont Academy, the University of Bridgeport (cum laude), and Yale Law School. An Army sergeant, he served six months in Korea during the “police action” and eight months in civil affairs work rebuilding Korean schools after the cease Fire.

His work in Westport included representing individual clients and organizations, some for more than 50 years, including the Greens Farms Association and the Southwestern Regional Planning Agency.

His civic service included stints as chair of the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission, the Westport Board of Education, the Southwestern Regional Planning Agency, and the Westport Historic District Commission.

In a 43-year career as a Rotarian, he endowed four Paul Harris Fellowships and chaired two clubs, and had 35 years of perfect attendance at meetings in Westport and Middlebury/Southbury/ Woodbury.

He spent a year as director of development at Greens Farms Academy and legally organized the HIV Respite Care Organization “Bread and Roses” for its founders, representing it for its entire duration.

Perhaps his favorite memento was the brass fire ax presented to him by the Westport Volunteer Fire Department as the longest serving member of over 50 years. Bob was a member of Engine Two, Engine Five, Engine Six, and Headquarters Company.

If you wish to make a gift in his honor, please send it to the Bailey-Mathews National Sea Shell Museum, 1075 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel, FL 33957.

His ashes will be scattered on his favorite sea-shelling beach on the island of Aruba, where he and Carolyn winter vacationed for 37 years.

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