St. George, Utah – Albert Brundage Scholl, Jr., passed away on June 14, 2011 in St. George. He was 81.
Albert was born August 29, 1929 in Watertown, New York, near the Canadian border, the second of four boys born to Albert B. and Katherine Schuyler Dunham Scholl. Educated in the Watertown schools, he went on to graduate from St. Lawrence University with highest honors in Economics and was active in sports as well as a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1950 at the beginning of the Korean War and became fighter pilot, flying both propellor and jets from the decks of aircraft carriers as a member of the world famous “Hell Razors” of Fighter Squadron 174. He flew with Task force 77 in the Pacific as well as the Atlantic fleet. Albert was one of the few to ever survive crashing in the Bermuda Triangle when his then state of the art swept wing F9F-6 flamed out while filming the movie Cinerama Holiday. Too low to eject, he had to ditch in the ocean and was later rescued up by helicopter. After five years, he returned to civilian life and graduated from General Electric’s three year Business Training Course. He was an executive in the computer business of G.E. and Honeywell and was Director of Financial Marketing. He moved several times with both companies and lived in Cleveland, New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Phoenix and San Francisco. After retiring, he worked as a consultant for two investment banks until he moved to St. George in 1990 from Marin County, California. In his younger days, Albert liked to go on canoe trips and participate in archery tournaments. He was an excellent tennis player and golfer and was a ski instructor and ski jumper. But his love was sailing and he kept his 41 foot ocean racer in long Beach, California where he raced with a crew of eight or just went cruising in the Channel Islands with Annette.
He loved animals, had a good sense of humor and was pretty much a loner who would load up his SUV and go camping and exploring by himself looking for rock art all over the west. He wrote two books; one on rock art and the other an adventure/mystery novel. He married Patricia Toomer in Jacksonville, FL in 1954. They later divorced.
He is survived by their children: Schuyler (Jim) Harvey of Mill Valley, CA and their two daughters, Amelia and Samantha and Albert (Marcie) B. Scholl, III of San Diego, CA and their son, Albert. Albert married Annette Briano in 1978 and is survived by Annette and their son, Eric.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Metcalf Mortuary Chapel, 288 West St. George Blvd., St. George, Utah. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, (435) 673-4221.