Charles C. Scott

ASQDE President - 1982-1984

  Charles C. Scott  

Charles Scott  was the 17th President of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners.

Mr. Scott was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1914.  He received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law and founded the University of Missouri at Kansas City Law Review.  He served as the review's first editor-in-chief.  He conducted seminars on scientific document examination as an adjunct professor of law for 25 years. During World War II, Mr. Scott served as a Naval Intelligence Officer in the South Pacific.

For eleven years, he worked as an examiner of questioned documents with the Federal Reserve Bank, and as examiner in private practice from 1935 until his death in 1996.  He is well know for three-volume work, Photographic Evidence, first published as a single volume in 1942.  He was also the author of numerous articles and professional papers.  In 1978, Mr. Scott was consulted by the Select Commission on Assassinations of the U.S. House of Representatives concerning the assassination of President Kennedy. He was asked to determine the authenticity of documents bearing the purported handwriting of Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby.

In addition to the office of President, Mr. Scott also served the Society as Secretary-Treasurer and Vice President.  Mr. Scott was a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners.  An award given by the ABFDE was named in his honor.  He was also a member of the American Bar Association and the Missouri Bar Association.

Photograph courtesy of Russell R. Bradford.  The biographical information was derived in part from the book Introduction to Handwriting Examination and Identification, by Russell R. Bradford and Ralph B. Bradford, and an article entitled, "Charles C. Scott Remembered," which appeared in the January 1997 issue of the ABFDE News.  as well as Mr. Scott's obituary.