Robertson C. Scott

Date of Birth

January 1, 1922

Date of Death

August 10, 2015

Bob Scott passed away Aug. 10, 2015 at age 93. Although his body just wore out, his mind stayed as sharp as ever until the very end, and his spirit will live forever. He squeezed every last drop out of this life that he could. An avid tennis player until only a few years ago, he simply lost a long tie breaker in the fifth set.

Bob came to Santa Barbara with his family in 1971 to operate KDB Radio. Prior to that, he was in broadcasting for 20+ years in Los Angeles and the Southeast. He is best known as the architect of the musical programming on KDB, formerly Santa Barbara’s local classical music station. Through KDB Bob Scott provided listening enjoyment to Santa Barbara and Ventura County residents, plus exposure for local businesses , non-profits, and the arts and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for a variety of charities by means of events such as the Messiah Sing Along, Sweethearts Grand Ball, and Big Band Blockbuster Ball. A bomber pilot in WWII, Bob’s service was acknowledged generously by the community.

Bob’s family enjoyed his love and support every day of his life, and he enjoyed theirs. However, he greatly missed Agnes, his wife of 49 years, who passed away in 1996. She was the epitome of kindness. Bob and Agnes had many friends, and all of them say they are better for having known them.

Cordial and gentlemanly to all, Bob truly was the man he appeared to be. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, three granddaughters, a grand son-in-law, and a great grandson. Bob Scott had a wonderful life. To tell the full story would fill this entire page and then some.

A memorial will be held on Dec. 8, 5-6pm, at First Presbyterian Church, just prior to the 35th annual Messiah Sing Along. Contributions in Bob’s memory can be made to your favorite local charity, or more specifically, to any of those that Bob’s events benefited in past years: Unity Shoppe, the Food Bank, Transition House, Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, Hospice, CALM, and Direct Relief International.


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